CASPER the FRIENDLY GHOST to
Haunt Theaters with Reboot Casper The Friendly Ghost
might be making a return to the silver screen for a new live-action
project from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. It would be
the first theatrical endeavor featuring the amicable specter since Casper debuted in
the summer of 1995.
Classic Media owns the rights to the Harvey Comics character, and they
will team up with Universal and Amblin for this new comedic adventure.
The reboot will feature a mixture of live-action and CGI elements, much
like the original feature length CASPERstarring Bill Pullman
Ricci. Shooting in 3D has also been discussed, although it's
not a certainty at this point.
No story details were given, although a comic book entitled CASPER and
the Spectrals was published last year, which could serve as a basis for
this new on-screen endeavor. The updated series follows Casper and his
ghost friends Wendy the
Witch and Hot
Stuff as they team up to fight the evil ghosts of Spooky
Town, a city within New York City that is unseen by the human eye.
The director wouldn't commit to that being his next project as he'll
still be working on his adaptation of Stieg Larsson's
GIRL with the DRAGON TATOO for the next year. He also doubts
he'll be jumping right into an English version of the second book The GIRLwho
PLAYED with FIRE, because they still need to write a script
and it will depend on how well the first movie does and whether Daniel Craig
is pulled away to play James
Bond in the 23rd installment of that franchise.
In the interview, Fincher
also briefly mentions the long-in-development adaptation of "Rendezvous
with Rama" that he hopes to do with his SE7EN
"It's a question of things lining up, I mean, you know 'Rendezvous With
Rama' is a great story that has an amazing role for Morgan Freeman who
is an amazing actor and would be amazing in this thing. The question
was can we get a script that's worthy of Morgan and can we
get a script that is worthy of Arthur
Clark and can we do all of that in an envelope that will
allow the movie to take the kinds of chances that it wants to take.
'Cuz we want to make a movie where kids go out of the theatre and
instead of buying an action figure they buy a telescope.
First TV Spot for KUNG FU PANDA 2
DreamWorks Animation has
started airing this first TV
spot for KUNG FU PANDA 2, opening in theaters on May 27.
In KUNG FU PANDA 2, Po
is now living his dream as The
Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside
his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po's new life of
awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who
plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy
kung fu. It is up to Po
and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and
vanquish it. But how can Po
stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and
uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be
able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.
What's the Most Popular Movie
Title in History?
Once upon a time, there was
an addictive little game called "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"
(or "The Oracle of Bacon"). Surely you've heard of it? The '90s game
was simple, but brilliant -- just about any and every actor (alive or
dead) in Hollywood could be linked to the FOOTLOOSE
star by only six degrees. It sounded impossible -- yet everyone seemed
to be linked. Even Charlie
Chaplin! See, he starred in LIMELIGHT in 1952, which
Lloyd, who appeared in The AGE of
INNOCENCE in 1993. That film also featured Pasquale Cajano, who
was in the 1996 film SLEEPERS
with -- you guessed it -- Kevin
But now there's a new challenge out there proving to be just as
difficult -- find the most commonly used movie title.
Guardian writer Adam
Dawtrey noticed that an IMDb search for the upcoming Rebecca Hall
flick The AWAKENING brought up a whopping 34 film and television titles
that date back to a short film from 1909. As he points out: "It's not a
word much used in everyday speech, yet film-makers across the decades
have found it exceptionally useful and vivid in expressing their
intentions. Emerging from slumber, or coming alive, is clearly an
essential cinematic trope."
From there, he tried The HOLE
which brought up 16 matches and films like ROBIN HOOD, which offered
22. And then he turned to Shakespearian "cheating" with 'The TEMPEST at
19 and The MERCHANT of VENICE at 17 -- though he surprisingly
makes no mention of ROMEO and JULIET, which actually beats The
AWAKENING with 36 hits. Sneaky.
able to finally beat AWAKENING with romance, finding LOVE' to
have 67, though we found 70 hits -- oh, that wiley, ever-changing IMDb
-- with another quick search. (The KISS was also popular at 39 -- or
40, as of this morning.)
Regardless of the slightly differing results coming off the search
page, it's fun to see just how popular "awakening" is as a cinematic
word and trope, and just how much Hollywood (as well as audiences) want
(and can relate to) love and kisses. So then, at 70 different hits, is
LOVE the most popular movie title in cinema history (keep in mind this
includes foreign translations and alternate titles)?
2-minute montage of Chewie and
Other Sci-Fi Characters Laughing
We could all use a good horse
It's been a rough year. And from the looks of things, it'll be an even
rougher winter. Wouldn't a couple of minutes of sci-fi characters
laughing their heads off be a welcome pick-me-up?
And no, not every character in this montage came from a sci-fi or
fantasy film. But there's enough of them—including clips from Star
Wars, Batman Returns, Conan the Barbarian and more—that we thought it
would put you in a good mood going into the long holiday weekend.
We at Matchflick thought that the New Year should start on a happy
note, so just relax and let the stars of Hollywood do the laughing for
The Forces of Geek Proudly
Present The Sweet Nostalgia 2nd Annual New Year Prediction
Extravaganza! (Or, a whole lot of
guessing by an inebriated editor)
Predictions are basically
crap made by people with 70s-style hair, who charge a lot of
money and deliver almost nothing.
I believe I can handle this task.
So, without further ado, here are my top five Geek predictions for the
coming year (and if any of them turn out to be true, well, I'm a
1. The THOR
movie does not suck balls, although it feels like it should. In fact,
the storyline and performances are so incredibly well done that movie
critics predict some Academy Award nominations for director Kenneth Branagh,
Hemsworth and Natalie Portman
(who will be screwed out of an award for BLACK SWAN
this year). The craftsmanship of this comic-based movie ups the bar so
much that X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is pulled and re-tooled only to
end up ruining the origins of most of the characters and sucking so
much ass that comic movies are once again looked at as silly
entertainment...thank you so much Matthew Vaughn.
2. President Obama
will make Free Comic
Book Day a national holiday, thus inspiring millions of
American citizens to visit their cramped and barely organized local
comic store for the first time. There they will rediscover the comics
that they used to have as kids and grow misty-eyed at the memories.
They will also discover that there is a back room dedicated to comic
pornography, bongs, and a gaming space for Magic: The Gathering
aficionados. Life will change for these people and soon, America will
be filled with less douchebags and more Geeks.
3. The second season of "The Walking Dead" will blow when AMC decides
to veer off the beloved storyline and instead, introduce "Sexy"
characters who walk around naked and never get killed by zombies. The
"Jump the Shark" episode will revolve around a musical episode whereby Rick dreams he is a
Rock Star (a'la Glee) and the zombies are his back-up dancers before
ripping his face off and eating it. I will cry upon watching this
4. "Little Big Planet 2" won't be released and will instead become the
next "Duke Nukem Forever" in terms of pushed back release dates. "Duke
Nukem Forever" will be released however, but the hype and anticipation
is so great that, upon playing the game, critics and gamers will be
sorely disappointed and the game will replace ET as the worse game ever
made and the vast amounts of games left over will be buried in a trench
somewhere near Roswell, NM.
Moore's PROMETHEA will begin pre-production (directed by Richard Rodriguez)
and Mr. Moore
(who is notorious for hating everything having to do with his work
being made into a movie) will not only give his blessing, but will
start making the promotional rounds to support the movie. Moore will also
shave off his beard, smile a lot, and become a nice person. (Prediction dependent upon living
in an alternate universe).
your machete - it never runs out of bullets.
MONSTERS, Inc. Sequel is Actually
Pixar has been talking about
a MONSTERS, Inc. sequel for a while, even setting a November 16, 2012
release date. Now comes word that the new film won't be a sequel, but a
According to the French website Disney Plaza Central, MONSTERS, Inc. 2
will feature Mike
enrolled at the University of Fear, telling the story of how they
started off as enemies but soon became friends.
It's unclear exactly where the synopsis came from, which makes this all
wild rumor. Pixar's unlikely to confirm this any time soon since they
usually take their time when it comes to discussing the plot of
upcoming movies. For now, take this with a grain of salt and we'll
update you with something more concrete as soon as we find it.
Anne Francis, 1930 - 2011
who costarred in the 1950s science-fiction classic FORBIDDEN PLANET
and later played the title role in "Honey West," the mid-1960s TV
series about a sexy female private detective with a pet ocelot, died
Sunday. She was 80."
Dennis McLellan in the Los Angeles Times: "A shapely blond
with a signature beauty mark next to her lower lip, Francis was a
former child model and radio actress when she first came to notice on
the big screen in the early 1950s. She had leading or supporting roles
in more than 30 movies, including BAD DAY at
BLACK ROCK, BATTLE CRY,
JUNGLE, The HIRED GUN, DON'T GO NEAR
The WATER, BRAINSTORM,
and HOOK, LINE and SINKER."
She "was active until just a few years ago, still doing TV guest shots
into her 70s," notes the Orlando Sentinel's Roger Moore.
The Guardian's Ronald
Bergan calls her performance in BLACKBOARD JUNGLE
"strong," but finds that Francis
"was even more impressive as Paul Newman's
war-widow sister-in-law in The RACK (1956), and in The HIRED
GUN (1957), she is sentenced to hang — unusually, for a woman in a
western — for the murder of her husband. It was not long, however,
before she 'disappeared' for many years into television, only to emerge
spasmodically on to the big screen to remind audiences that she was
still around. 'I had reached the end of my rope as a contract player at
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. They were always looking for a new face, so I
thought, forget it, I want to go back and do television. In those days,
that was the death knell for an actor. You worked television, you
didn't do film. Of course, they cross over all the time today.'"
NASA Picks 2012 As the Silliest
Sci-Fi Movie Ever Made
We talked about bad science
in movies not too long ago, but now the experts weigh in: Apparently, Roland
Emmerich's Mayan-calendar end-of-the-world melodrama is the
biggest science-fictional crime ever committed on a paying audience.
Emmerich's film is an "exceptional and extraordinary
case," said Donald
Yeomans, head of NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous
mission. "The film makers took advantage of public worries about the
so-called end of the world as apparently predicted by the Mayans of
Central America, whose calendar ends on December 21, 2012."
"The agency [got] so many questions from people terrified that the
world is going to end in 2012 that we have had to put up a special
website to challenge the myths," said Yeomans. "We have never had to do
Still, I question any list that doesn't single out ZARDOZ
as the silliest sci-fi movie ever made. I mean, it boasts Sean Connery
in a bondage diaper. C'mon, NASA.
Caprica™ Prop and Costume Auctions
Propworx, in association with
NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group, announces The
Official Caprica™ Prop and Costume Auction. The auction will commence
on January 2, 2011 with six weekly auctions hosted on eBay (see www.propworx.com
for auction participation details). Hundreds of props, costumes,
production artwork, concept drawings, and set pieces will be up for
bid, starting with the first week of auctions January 2 – 9, 2011 and
coinciding with the airing of the remaining five episodes of Caprica on
Syfy on January 4, 2011 from 6pm to 11pm ET/PT.
Most notable among the lots is the spectacular purple dress worn by
Torresani as Zoe
Graystone. Worn by Zoe
throughout the entire series, this custom dress was made by production
and features a spandex construction with silver braiding and faux
jewels around the neckline.
Also up for sale is Lacy
Rand's Hero motorcycle helmet, worn by actress Magda Apanowicz.
This screen-used helmet was worn by Lacy
while riding Nestor's
motorcycle and includes vintage-looking goggles.
"'Caprica' holds a special place in the heart of Propworx. We got our
start with the history-making 'Battlestar Galactica' Auctions and are
honored to be a part of another history-making auction from the series.
'Caprica's' reputation as both a visually exciting and challenging
series is reflected in the amazing items up for auction. As fans, we
are excited to bring these props and costumes to the loyal followers of
the show," said Alec
Peters, CEO and founder of Propworx, the leading Hollywood
studio auction company.
"We're very happy to be working with Propworx again, as we bring this
tremendous collection of 'Caprica' props and wardrobe to our loyal
fans," said Christopher
Lucero, Global Director, NBC Universal Television Consumer
Products Group. "We are pleased to give our
audience the chance to own a part of 'Caprica' and directly participate
in the ever-expanding universe of 'Battlestar Galactica.'"
Set 58 years before "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" follows two rival
families – the Graystones
and the Adamas
– as they grow, compete, and thrive in the vibrant world of the
peaceful 12 Colonies, living in a society close to our own. Entangled
in the burgeoning technology of artificial intelligence and robotics
that will eventually lead to the creation of the Cylons, the two
houses go toe-to-toe, blending action with corporate conspiracy and
sexual politics. "Caprica" is produced by Universal Cable Productions.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: The FIRST
AVENGER Plot Spoilers Revealed CAPTAIN
AMERICA: The FIRST AVENGER production designer Rick Heinrichs
recently spilled some juicy plot details about the highly-anticipated
superhero adventure Captain America: The First Avenger, which arrives
in theaters July 22. You can take a look at some of this new
information below, but beware that there are SPOILERS within, so read
on at your own risk:
* CAPTAIN AMERICA: The
FIRST AVENGER takes place between the years 1939 and 1945, although the
beginning and ending of the movie are both set in present day.
* The first scene shows a team discovering a fighter plane buried
underneath the Arctic. We then flash back to an attack of a Norwegian
village with The Red
Skull searching for an object.
* Chris Evans'Steve Rogers
is said to be a "puny" man in Brooklyn who is constantly tormented by
Stark's father, Howard
Stark, appears at an exhibit in New York that Steve Rogers and
his friend Bucky Barnes
visit. Howard Stark
will also create the shield for Captain
* A sequel to CAPTAIN AMERICA: The FIRST AVENGER may feature
of an equal mixture to the past and present story lines.
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Being Made By MONSTERS Director Gareth Edwards Gareth Edwards
is the latest indie-filmmaker to make it big and go Hollywood. Early
last year he captured everyone's attention with his shoestring budgeted
monster movie, MONSTERS,
and now Hollywood has hired him to direct a big budget, romantic
musical. No, I'm kidding. He's directing GODZILLA.
is close to signing a deal with Legendary Pictures which would put him
in the director's chair for their new take on the classic mega-monster.
Legendary snagged the rights to the Japan-destroying giant lizard last
year from Toho and they've been eager to do something with it ever
since. They even leaked some pretty cool concept art over the summer.
Well why not?
The world can't have too much Godzilla
and sure, the last time Hollywood really tried it in 1998 the film was Ferris Bueller-powered
disaster, but that's no reason to stop trying. Edwards'
indie-film convincingly pulled off massively scaled creatures on a
shoestring budget, the guy proved he can handle the genre, it makes
sense to let him try his hand at making monster movies with enough
money to blow up a few cities.
Even as someone who didn't like MONSTERS, I'm excited to see what Gareth
can do here. For me MONSTERS failed largely because of it's slight
political bent and, in part because it simply didn't have the money to
do everything it wanted to and was thus forced to spend most of its
time teasing. But when MONSTERS does get around to big, monster special
effects, even if it's only for three or four minutes, it's pretty
spectacular. Take out the politics, stretch the five minutes of
monsters over ninety minutes, and you'd have a pretty kick-ass GODZILLA
movie. Besides, it's been too long since someone stomped Tokyo. Go get
Plot: Arthur Bishop
is a "mechanic" - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique
talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires
professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in
the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Sutherland) is
is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he
wants those responsible dead.
His mission grows complicated when Harry's
approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn
trade. Bishop has
always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's
son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his
world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their
ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix
problems become problems themselves.
Comic book legend Stan Lee,
creator or co-creator of such Marvel Comics characters as Spider-Man, TheIncredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four
and Iron Man, has now been enshrined in concrete.
The 88-year-old Lee
unveiled his Walk of Fame sidewalk star on Tuesday in front of the Live
Nation Building on Hollywood Boulevard. It's the 2,428th star dedicated
on the famous avenue of dreams.
founder, chairman and chief creative officer of POW! Entertainment.
More than 2 million of
comic books have been published in 75 nations and in 25 languages. His
characters have been featured in 24 animated television series and
several live-action movies.
Gemma Arterton joins HANSEL and
British James Bond babe Gemma Arterton
is attached to join Jeremy
Renner in a HANSEL and GRETEL movie that depicts the
fairy-tale pair as bounty hunters.
is on the cusp of triggering production on HANSEL and GRETELl:
WITCH HUNTERS, a dark action movie to be directed by Tommy Wirkola
Shooting is set to begin in Berlin March 7. The project comes from Will Ferrell
McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods. label.
Scheduling, as always, has been in an issue, since Renner
is committed to shoot The AVENGERS just eight weeks after he
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL. WITCH HUNTERS will thread the
needle between them.
Paramount is also hustling HANSEL and
GRETEL forward to try and get ahead of Fox's adaptation of ABRAHAM
LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, which director Timur
will begin shooting in 3D this year for a June 2012 release. The
literary adaptation concerns Lincoln's
(fictional) efforts to keep the bloodsuckers from preying on slaves.
JACKASS 3D Hoping to Win Best
It's probably a bit later,
but Paramount Pictures decided to throw their JACKASS 3D
movie into Oscar consideration for such categories as Best Picture,
Directing, Visual Effects and Original Score.
The studio has released a For Your Consideration ad that shows several
quotes from critics, including one from the Boston Globe, which states:
"The only live-action movie to expand the bounds of the format since
'Avatar'." And notice how "3D" was dropped from the title.
This is all likely to help promote the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray release
of JACKASS 3D, which hits stores on March 8th.
Barbra Streisand Eyeing Mama Rose
Role in New GYPSY Adaptation Barbra Streisand
is in talks to star in GYPSY, a new film adaptation of the
1959 Broadway play.
The project is set up at Warner Bros., which made the 1962 adaptation
that starred Rosalind
Russell and Natalie Wood,
and is in the early stages of being set up at the studio.
Silver is producing. No writer or director is attached.
Talks with Streisand
are far from the deal-making stage. The icon has met with the play's
lyrics writer, Stephen
Sondheim, and book writer, Arthur Laurents,
to discuss her role in the new movie, sources inside the actress' camp
The play and movie is based on the memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee, a
burlesque dancer, and the relationship with her mother, Rose, who has since
become the prototype of a "stage mom" in pop culture.
If a deal is made, Streisand
would play Rose.
played the role in the movie, while Ethel Merman
originated the stage persona.)
1st sexy, dark and brutal
"Camelot" teaser trailer
We just had our first peek at Starz's highly
anticipated series "Camelot", and from what we've seen (and heard), it
seems it will be more like The Tudors, and a bit less like that other
Arthurian series, "Merlin."
As it's on Starz, we knew that "Camelot" would be more adult than
"Merlin" could ever be (after all, the BBC series IS a kid's show):
Just take a look at all the sex in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (and its
upcoming prequel "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," coming up on Jan. 21)
and you'll know what we're talking about. And Starz DID tell us that
sex would be integral to the new series.
Still, from what we can read from the Starz synopsis below, magic will
still play an integral part in the series:
the wake of King Uther's sudden death, chaos threatens
to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future,
he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther's unknown son and heir, who has
been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur's cold and ambitious half sister
Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to
claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times
indeed for the new King, with Guinevere being the only shining light in
harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of
uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond
And even if "Camelot" is being touted as more of a modern take on the
old Arthurian myth, we'll also get our "Sword in the Stone" and our
"Lady of the Lake," though not, apparently, as we've seen them before.
But one thing's for sure, we're probably in for the kind of drama that
King Henry VIII would be proud of.
Dimension Films To Distribute
Original Horror Project The HOME
The news that Dimension Films
has picked up a developing horror project called The HOME may
not sound that thrilling-- Dimension has a track record with horror,
after all, and The HOME is an original pitch that nobody knows
much about yet. But if you follow the world of online movie blogs like
this one, you may recognize the name of co-writer Eric Vespe, or know
him better as Quint
from "Ain't It Cool News." That's right, one of our own-- along with
his collaborator and the project's director, Aaron Morgan-- has
made it to the big time. Next time you want to accuse us all of being
failed filmmakers who just criticize other peoples' movies instead,
well, in your face!
If you look at Aaron's
Twitter feed you can see he's at least confirming the exciting news,
and also that they're into day 3 of "official"
pre-production. The HOME, which is described as an H.P. Lovecraft-esque
thriller, is about a firefighter who winds up recuperating from his
on-the-job injuries in a nursing home that's far more sinister than it
at first appears. What you see above is some of the concept art that Eric and Aaron have been
working with and presenting to investors, and it's not just any fancy
drawings you're looking at-- they've been working with the team at
WETA, who, yes, are the visual masterminds who brought you the LORD of the
RINGS movies. Not only that, but Peter Jackson
recorded a video promoting the film to possible investors-- you have to
imagine that helped sway Dimension toward picking up the project,
especially since the studio has seemed content for years now just to
wring money out of the Scream franchise.
Shooting starts in February, with a cast that includes Brian Cox,
Gossett Jr., Ed Asner,
and even Louise
Fletcher, famous as the relentless Nurse Ratched in ONE FLEW OVER
The CUCKOO'S NEST. I couldn't be more excited for these guys,
not only because I've seen how devoted they are to the project and
count them as friends, but because they're bringing original, truly
creepy horror out into a world that for a while seemed to have given up
on it. Best of luck Eric
Eliah Wood Confirmed for Frodo
Baggins in The HOBBIT
Yesterday, Elijah Wood
was rumored to be returning as Frodo
Baggins in Peter Jackson's
two-part LORD of the RINGS prequel The HOBBIT, despite the character
not appearing in the book. Today, Wood's
return was confirmed, and it has been revealed exactly what part Frodo
will play in the story.
The adventurous tale of Bilbo
Baggins, as it exists in J.R.R.
Tolkien's mythical universe, is contained in the fictional
Hobbit tome 'Red Book of Westmarch', which is seen in the LOTR films as
being written in by both Bilbo
and then later handed off to Samwise Sam Gamgee. In The
Hobbit, Elijah Wood will
appear as Frodo
at the beginning and end of the two films, reading from the 'Red Book',
journey as we watch it unfold on the screen.
These scenes were always in the screenplay that Peter Jackson and
his team have been working on for the past year, and it is speculated
that Elijah Wood
has known for a long time that he would be appearing in the prequels.
The book-end sequences that find Frodo
reading from the 'Red Book' could also conceivably include appearances
from Sam, Merry, and Pippin as well, so
don't be surprised if you hear more casting rumors in the upcoming few
days that Sean
Boyd, and Dominic
Monaghan are all coming back.
Summer Glau wants YOU to Design a
Villain for The CAPE
When The CAPE
premieres this Sunday, it'll already have its share of evildoers,
Frain, a chess-playing villainous mastermind) and Scales (Vinny Jones, a
criminal with a skin condition). However, Summer Glau,
who plays the Cape's
says the show is still looking for a few BAD men.
Glau tells us that
NBC wants YOU to create The
Cape's next nemesis. One lucky entrant will get to see his
or her creation on-air. Here's what she had to say:
You have until Jan. 28, 2011, to submit your entry, and you only get
one shot at impressing the producers.
Alas, there's no word on whether the winner gets to meet Summer Glau.
GOLIATH Gets Scott Derrickson The EXORCISM
of EMILY ROSE director Scott
Derrickson has been hired by Relativity Media to retell the
classic bible story David vs. Goliath in a new big screen adaptation
simply called GOLIATH.
The family adventure will be a period piece with contemporary
sensibilities. The screenplay was written by John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, with
a story that follows a young Shepard named David who is set on
an epic chase to save his own life and the lives of his people when the
fierce warrior Goliath
begins tracking down a foretold king of the Israelites. David and Goliath will battle
in the climax as foretold by the original tale.
The look of the project is said to be in the same vein as 300,
with an action feel reminiscent of The BOURNE
IDENTITY. No start date was given at this time.
GOLIATH is in development . The film is directed by Scott Derrickson.
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in
KNOCKED UP Spin-Off Judd Apatow
is getting ready to shoot his next film, which will be
a KNOCKED UP spin-off and will bring back Leslie Mann
Rudd as Pete
write and direct the new movie, which will head into production this
summer for a June 1, 2012 release. It's still unclear whether Seth Rogen
Hiegl will reprise their roles as well.
KNOCKED UP was
released back in 2007 and went on to gross $220 million on a $30
million budget. It was Apatow's
second successful comedy after The 40 YEAR
New Poster For Liam Neeson's
UNKNOWN A new poster for
UNKNOWN has been released and despite their best efforts to the
contrary with this poster, it still looks a lot like TAKEN.
Most of the posters for TAKEN involved Liam Neeson in profile or Liam Nesson
holding a gun, and that's pretty much what we've gotten with UNKNOWN
Technically the plots are entirely different. TAKEN has Neeson playing a
father out to save his daughter from sex slavery by destroying everyone
in his path, while UNKNOWN has Neeson playing a man
whose life has been erased and sets out to take it back by destroying
everyone in his path. It's the destroying everyone in his path part
that's really critical though, since when it comes to pulling that off,
few do it better on screen than Liam.
Have you seen ROB
ROY? You should really see it.
Here's the new poster for UNKNOWN: Just click on the picture
above for a larger image.
ALMIGHTY THOR Set Photos
Featuring Cody Deal as Thor
The Asylum is one step ahead
of Marvel Studios, as they will be releasing their own version of the
Greek mythology tale THOR ahead of Kenneth
Branagh's take on the character. Titled ALMIGHTY THOR, this
homage of sorts stars Cody
Deal, whom you may remember as Roman Soldier at
Caesar's Palace in The
HANGOVER or Strip
Club Patron in GET HIM to the
GREEK, as the Norse thunder god who must defeat the
(are you ready for this...Richard Grieco!
I can tell by the look on your face that you weren't ready for that)
before he can destroy the world of Gods and the world of men. Former
WWE superstar Kevin
Nash will play Odin,
the King of Valhalla. And Patricia
MUMMY RETURNS) is set to play Jamsaxa, the
demigoddess who trains Thor
for his ultimate confrontation with Loki. You can take
a look at Cody Deal
and Richard Grieco
as Loki in
the set photos at
ALMIGHTY THOR comes to theaters April 12, 2011 and stars Gerald Webb,
Kevin Nash, Cody Deal, Nicole Fox, Leslea Fisher, and Jess Allen. The film
is directed by Christopher
Peter Farrelly Reveals The THREE
STOOGES Story Details (DUMB and DUMBER),
revealed that The THREE STOOGES movie will be set in the
preset day, except for the first act, which begin 40 years ago.
"A car whips by an
orphanage, throws a duffel bag out its window and keeps going," he
said. "A nun sees the duffel and opens it up, and a little baby hand
comes out and — Boink!
— hits her in the eye. So that first episode is them growing up in the
The second act picks up with them as adults, in their early 40s,
leaving the orphanage and heading out on the road together. After
various misadventures, the trio splits up and the third act starts with
them alone — and finding that all the slapping, eye-gouging, and
head-bonking isn't a useful way of dealing with the outside world.
"Suddenly, when Moe hits somebody he doesn't know
that's assault and battery," Farrelly
The director added that the film will aim for a PG rating by keeping
the violence "cartoony."
As for casting, he promised that actors will not be asked to come up
with their own versions of the characters. "They're going to look the
same, dress the same, sound the same, act the same, with the same sound
Why everything you've heard about
GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is WRONG
You know all those rumors
about what's going on with GHOSTBUSTERS 3? Forget them.
They're all wrong. Who says so? The director.
Reitman, the man behind the first two GHOSTBUSTERS
films, said, "Virtually everything you've read on the Internet
(about GHOSTBUSTERS 3) is not accurate." Addressing reports
that the movie was slated to begin production in May, Reitman revealed
that a cast still had yet to be locked down, although he added that the
production has "some actors who seem to be interested in doing it, a
ton of interest in the film."
Who are those actors? Reitman
didn't say. Apparently a complete first-draft script by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky was
only just finished a month ago, and Reitman
did acknowledge that a copy of the script had been sent to Bill Murray
for his opinion. A lot, perhaps the film itself, hinges on whether Murray gets involved.
If you believe the rumors, Murray
has been the one holding up the works, with Reitman, Dan Aykroyd,
Ramis and Ernie
Hudson all raring to go on the project. Newer comedy names
Faris and Bill
Hader have also been mentioned in connection with the
project. But while there is some movement on GHOSTBUSTERS 3, take
everything you hear from this point on with a grain of salt, unless it
comes out of Ivan
GHOST RIDER 2 Will Provide New
Everyone knows that GHOST
RIDER was at the very least a flashy trainwreck, and that includes the
sequel's directors Mark
Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
But being two of the most innovative directors in the business, they've
found a way to fix the mess by simply creating an entire new origin
story for the flaming headed vigilante.
Cage spoke with UKPA during a press junket for his next box
office smash SEASON
of the WITCH and had a few interesting things to say about
the upcoming GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT of VENGENCE. After mentioning
the new origin sequence, he goes on to point out the "wild" ways in
which the directors shoot their movies.
The director's on rollerblades and
hanging from wires with the camera, holding on to the motorcycle...
hasn't seen these guys work before, but they do most of their own
camera work and they're well known for their off-the-wall techniques,
as evidenced by the CRANK films and GAMER.
There's some great special features on the GAMER disk that show these
two at work and it's just as entertaining as the film itself.
While the dynamic directing duo haven't made anything to date that is
amazing or groundbreaking, they've never made anything that wasn't a
pant load of fun. Expect to at least be entertained by GHOST
RIDER: SPIRIT of VENGENCE when it comes out next February.
All Networks Pass on "Wonder
Woman" TV Series
Back in October it as
announced that David
Kelley ("The Practice") was hired to write and produce a
new "Wonder Woman" TV series. But now comes word that all major
networks have passed on the new show.
Late Friday, NBC was the final broadcaster that declined to bring back
the superhero. Warner Bros Television is not planning to give up on the
project, even though it's "not
moving forward at this time."
It's very unlikely that a cable network may step in to take on the
series, because WB is requiring a very expensive license fee, something
most broadcasters simply cannot afford.
Disney Brings PHINEAS and FERB to
the Big Screen
Disney executives announced
today that the hit Disney Channel series "Phineas and Ferb" is being
developed for a new theatrical movie. Disney's head of production and
TRON: LEGACY producer Sean
Bailey is developing the project.
The project is still in early stages of development, although it was
said to be a combination of live-action and animated elements. No story
details were given.
"Phineas and Ferb" premiered on the Disney Channel in 2007 and has
already spawned a spin-off series, "Take Two" with Phineas and Ferb, where the
animated characters interview celebrities. The series launched in
December and guests have included Seth Rogen,
Patrick Harris, and Emma Roberts.
A feature-length TV movie, PHINEAS and FERB ACROSS the 2nd
DIMENSION will air on the Disney Channel next summer. No production
schedule for the theatrical PHINEAS and FERB adventure was
Chan-wook Park Shoots
PARANMANJANG on the iPhone 4
South Korean director Chan-wook Park
revealed today that his new thirty minute short, PARANMANJANG, was shot
entirely on an Apple iPhone 4. Here's what he had to say about the
"The new technology
creates strange effects because it is new and because it is a medium
the audience is used to. There are some good points of making a movie
with the iPhone as there are many people around the world who like to
play and have fun with them."
PARANMANJANG, which translates in English to "Life full of ups and
downs," centers on a man who catches a woman in the river while he is
fishing at night. When they both become tangled up in the line, he
believes she is dead, although she wakes up and strangles him before
passing out. When the woman wakes up, though, she is wearing the man's
clothes and he is wearing hers.
Chan-wook Park made the horror-thriller with his brother, Chan-kyong Park, on
a small budget of $133,000. The directors simply attached different
lenses to their iPhones to shoot the movie.
PARANMANJANG will be shown in South Korean theaters on January
27. It isn't known when the short will be shown in America.
Tina Fey Seeks ADMISSION Tina Fey
is in final negotiations to star in Paul Weitz's
upcoming campus comedy ADMISSION. The project is being set up
at Universal Studios.
play a college campus admissions officer who falls in love with one of
her students. The screenplay was written by Karen Croner, who
worked on 1998's ONE
TRUE THING starring Meryl Streep
No start date was given for the project, but it will likely debut in
the spring of 2012.
ADMISSION comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Tina Fey. The film
is directed by Paul Weitz.
Overpriced Tickets Could Kill 3D
Box Office AVATAR
and standardization of the technology represented "tipping points" for
the acceptance of 3D movies, but Hollywood risks killing the golden
goose if it overprices tickets and overly saturates the market.
According to the study from PricewaterhouseCoopers, there are more than
40 3D movies already scheduled for release this year and -- in what
might be news to film producers -- there's no shortage of money to make
"So many people are keen -- sometimes too eager -- to finance 3D
films," according to the report.
"This supply of funds in a globally difficult film financing
environment has led to a push for the conversion of some films
originally envisioned as 2D into the 3D format. This often proves
Nevertheless, 50%-70% of box office revenue is generated by 3D, which
"has helped the entire industry to increase its revenues despite a
declining number of tickets sold."
The report lists some of the movies with the most impressive percentage
of opening-weekend box office revenue attributed to 3D. STEP UP for
example, earned 84% of its first-weekend box office coin from 3D
showings, whereas AVATAR was at 80% and FINAL
DESTINATION: DEATH TRIP was at 73%.
Citing a poll from BTIG Research, PWC concludes that a $5 premium per
ticket is too much to expect audiences to pay for 3D. That survey
indicated that 77% of Americans will not pay a premium of more than $4.
Many Americans don't want to pay any premium, and PWC suggests that
exhibitors might have to do away with it entirely, some day.
"Generally speaking, the sustainability of the 3D ticket premium is
questioned by some players whom we interviewed," the report says.
The report sums up the 3D phenomenon like this: "Many people are
over-excited by it. The danger is that industry players risk killing a
golden goose by overselling and, in some cases, overpricing the 3D
experience -- and by providing too much mediocre content that doesn't
do justice to the technology."
Bridges' TRUE GRIT Scenes Get Much-Needed Subtitles Jeff Bridges
plays the drunken US
Marshall Rooster Cogburn in the Coen brothers' TRUE GRIT,
which already broke $100 million at the domestic box office and will
likely be recognized during the Academy Awards.
The one big complaint about the movie is that it was difficult to
understand anything Bridges
was saying. College Humor decided to put together a video with some of
the most confusing scenes and provided subtitles to help decipher the
JAMES BOND 23 Confirms
Daniel Craig and Sam Mendes
007 is officially back.
JAMES BOND 23 has been set with an official release date of
November 9, 2012. Read the official, yet brief press release below:
Wilson and Barbara
Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum,
Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.,
today announced that the 23rd James Bond film will commence production
in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.
The producers are reportedly casting other roles at this time, with
speculation that Simon
Russell Beale is being eyed for a villain role. Producer Barbara Broccoli was
attracted to the actor after seeing his current London play,
"Deathtrap." He will also star as King
Lear in a 2012 stage production which Sam Mendes is
directing at the National Theatre. Simon
Russell Beale also told a U.K. newspaper last year that he
wanted to play a "baddie" in JAMES BOND 23.
JAMES BOND 23 comes to theaters November 9, 2012 and stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench.
The film is directed by Sam
New BATTLE: LOS ANGELES
Trailer Finally Shows Off Its Cast
As of today, LOS
ANGELES is 50/50 on trailers. The first teaser trailer was absolutely
brilliant, setting up the mood, showing off action and was fueled by an
awesome soundtrack choice. The second trailer was clunky and weighed
down by unnecessary voice-over that erased all of the subtly of the
first. Today the Jonathan
Liebesman alien invasion flick tries to raise its average.
The third trailer for LOS ANGELES has popped online, courtesy
In the film, Los Angeles is under attack by an aggressive group of
extraterrestrials a small marine platoon is charged with fighting them
off. The film stars Aaron
Rodriguez, Michael Pena,
Moynahan and is set to be released on March 11.
Check out the trailer below.
While the newest look at the film shows off it's cast much more than it
has previously, the tension is palpable and the movie simply looks too
intense for words. The helicopter getting hit and Eckhart's reaction
are perfect, not to mention the fact that they brought back the song
from the first trailer. Count this one in the win column, ladies and
gentlemen, and start looking forward to March 11.
Colorful BROKEN KINGDOM Poster
Appears Online While BROKEN
KINGDOM, formerly known as "The Disposables," continues its long and
muddy trek to the big screen from the far reaches of 2008, we've gotten
their hands on the first official poster for the film. The one-sheet
doesn't offer up much explanation about what to expect from the film,
but it does actively remind us that Rachel Leigh
Cook is still alive, or at least she was two years ago.
Much in the vein of crash, BROKEN KINGDOM looks to blend four
seemingly unassociated stories together into one "OMG THEY'RE RELATED!"
moment. Here's the official synopsis:
Four narratives weave their way through the tragic slums of Bogota to
the lofty hills of Hollywood. A 14-year-old prostitute girl and an
ill-fated, eccentric American writer forge a strange companionship. A
Colombian university student invites a terrible danger into her world
in the name of financial solace, while a day-care teacher in Los
Angeles does everything she can to fight the weight of a tragic secret
Huh? Well I'm sure actor/director Daniel Gillies
has found some way to make all those stories intertwine. There's still
no official release date for the film, but expect a trailer soon as it
had already appeared on YouTube but was since taken down at the request
of the studio. For now, scope out this intensely blue and orange
Lena Headey Cast as Main Villain
in JUDGE DREDD Remake Lena Headey (300,
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) has been cast as the main
villain in the upcoming JUDGE DREDD remake. She is joining a
cast comprised of Karl
Urban as the title character and Olivia Thirlby
as psychic rookie Judge
play gang-leader Madeline
Madrigal (aka Ma-Ma).
In the script she is described as being "in her late fifties or early
sixties with a big scar through her cheek and lip." The filmmakers have
apparently decided to make the role a bit younger and sexier.
in the movie Ma-Ma
and her gang have taken over the Peach Tree City Block and most of the
film will take place in this location.
JONAH HEX May Win an
First JACKASS 3D,
now JONAH HEX??????
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the seven
films that are still competing for nominations in the Makeup category
for the 83rd Academy Awards. JONAH HEX, one of the worst
reviewed films of 2010, is on the list.
On Tuesday, January 25th at 8:30am EST, the Academy will reduce the
list down to three nominees that will be competing for the Oscar. The
Academy Awards will then air on Sunday, February 27th.
Chilling New PRIEST Trailer Saves
Us from All Those Sparkly Vamps
The new trailer for PRIEST
promises a movie that will deliver exactly what we need right now—an
antidote for all those sparkly, pouty vampires that've been filling our
movie and TV screens lately.
Bettany stars as a warrior priest who defies the church to
track down a band of renegade vampires who have kidnapped his niece
with plans to turn her into one of them. Joining him on his mission are
a young sheriff (Cam
Gigandet) and a beautiful priestess (Maggie Q).
SOUL SURFER Trailer Movies based on true stories
about amputees must be in vogue this season....
The first trailer for the true-life drama SOUL SURFER has just
been released online. Click on the video below for your first glimpse
at AnnaSophia Robb
as Bethany Hamilton,
a young surfer who lost her arm during a shark attack. You can also
take a look at the first poster for Soul Surfer, which arrives in
theaters April 15. Just click on the poster to the right for
a larger image.
"Dynasty" May Make The Jump From
80's Soap Opera To Blockbuster Movie
You'd think if any 80's
prime-time soap opera was going to make the transition to feature
films, it'd be "Dallas." That project, though long sought after, has
never really turned into anything concrete. Instead it looks like it
may be "Dynasty" which makes the jump from 80's soap to feature film.
The show's creators Richard
and Esther Shapiro
have spoken out about their plans to make the silver screen move. In an
announcement sent out today they say, "We're taking the "Dynasty"
family to places they've never been before." To that end a script is
reportedly in development, and though no studio is currently attached
seem to think it could go into production next year.
Fans of the show, however, will be happy to know that if the feature
film does happen they'll stick with the established storylines. Instead
of changing how it all ends, they plan to go back and add more to the
path the show took to get there. The Shapiros explain,
"It's fun, because the fans of the show will know from the series where
each of the characters end up, eventually, but what they won't know is
how they get there. There will be some very unlikely twists and
situations, and people will not be expecting a lot of what we're
planning. We're going to do a lot of coloring outside the lines...[t]he
movie will be the old "Dynasty," of course, but with horns."
The original Aaron
Spelling produced prime time soap opera debuted in 1981
and ran through 1989 in ABC prime time. The series revolved around a
scheming, wealthy oil family named the Carringtons and
it's probably the only reason you still remember the name of Joan Collins.
DRIVE ANGRY 3D TV Spot
The first TV spot for Summit Entertainment's DRIVE ANGRY 3D
has been released. This one-minute clip offers new footage of Nicolas Cage
Heard as they desperately fight to save the fate of a baby in
Lussier's action-packed GRINDHOUSE-like romp. You can check
out the spot in the clip below:
Brand New RED RIDING HOOD Poster Warner Bros has
unveiled a brand new poster for RED RIDING HOOD which is
directed by Catherine
and stars Amanda
Seyfried. Check it on the left. Just click the
poster for a larger image.
is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a
brooding outsider, Peter
Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry
the wealthy Henry
Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie
are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older
sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest
surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an
uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal
sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by
taking a human life.
Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman),
to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's
arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who
takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll
rises with each moon, Valerie
begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As
panic grips the town, Valerie
discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast -- one that
inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect and bait.
New Matchflick Pages on Facebook
Expanding their Internet
presence, Matchflick.com is creating three new 'genre" pages:
Each page will focus on a specific genre, complete with a movie
database (pending) and movie reviews by the Matchflick.com Movie Review
Staff (that's all you guys!)
Matchflick has already set up the Zombie Movie Club, a genre page
focused on - anyone?
That's right - Zombie Movies. Click on the badge
below to visit us.
Finding these other pages has been made easier, as all the Matchflick
genre pages will contain the word "Matchflick."
First Look: Andrew Garfield
Wearing Spider-Man Suit We've already seen
plenty of pictures of Andrew Garfield
SOCIAL NETWORK) on the set of the new SPIDER-MAN reboot. Now
that director Marc Webb
is planning to shoot scenes of Garfield
wearing his Spidey
outfit, Columbia Pictures is afraid low-quality shots of the suit will
begin appearing online.
As a result, the studio has decided to unveil the first official look
He's got scratches on his face, holding a book-bag and is wearing a new
version of the suit.
If you look closer at Garfield's
wrists, you can see small metal discs, which means that Spidey will be
using mechanical web-shooters (like in the comics). So expect for the
shooters to run out at some crucial times. In Sam Raimi's
webs were a product of the radioactive bite.
Photo: Chris Evans as Captain America,
The latest issue of
Entertainment Weekly contains a new photo of Chris Evans
as the title character from CAPTAIN AMERICA: The FIRST AVENGER. He is
seen wearing the full outfit, including a helmet with wings. Check out
the photo to the left. Just click on the photo for a larger
The story will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers
volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him
into the Super Soldier known as Captain
Herzog Brings Us Trailer For CAVE
of FORGOTTEN DREAMS
There's a hilarious quote in this trailer that says, "The last thing I ever expected
to hear was 'Let's go see the 3D Werner Herzog' movie..."
but this certainly isn't going to be 3D like you're used to seeing it.
In CAVE of FORGOTTEN DREAMS, the veteran German director and a team of
cave explorers take us inside an art-filled cavern unseen by the human
eye for 20,000 years. It's pretty incredible stuff.
One of the crew exclaims, "It's as if it was drawn yesterday," as they
view the perfectly preserved artwork wallpapering the rock. If you have
no interest in art or the history of it, simply click away and leave
the rest of us to enjoy an undiscovered wonder. Take a peek below, but
beware, the sound is a little janky.
Mel Gibson's Next Film to Debut
at Texas Festival Mel Gibson's
return to the big screen will begin in March at the South by Southwest
Organizers of the Austin, Texas, multimedia entertainment festival
announced Thursday that The BEAVER will be one of five films
that will have their international premieres at the event, commonly
known as SXSW.
Foster directed and co-stars in The BEAVER, which features Gibson as a troubled
family man trying to cope with help from an unusual friend — a beaver
puppet he wears on his hand.
The film will be shown a week before a limited public release on March
23, with an expansion to more theaters planned on April 8.
Its release had been delayed as Gibson
dealt with bad publicity from a public breakup with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
Their split has spawned a bitter custody fight over their infant
daughter, as well as investigations into claims of physical abuse by
the actor-director and extortion by the Russian musician.
Los Angeles prosecutors are still mulling whether to press charges
against either Gibson
It remains unclear whether the Gibson,
who last appeared in 2010's EDGE of DARKNESS, will attend South by
SXSW film spokeswoman Rebecca
Feferman said Foster
will attend the premiere when it is shown in the festival's
publicist, Alan Nierob,
said in an e-mail that he did not yet know whether the 55-year-old
Academy-Award winner would make an appearance.
Yet Another Amazing SUCKER PUNCH
Poster Hits The Web You'd think that
after releasing maybe the largest promotional poster ever the other day
that Warner Bros. would cool it with the marketing of SUCKER PUNCH
at least on the poster side of things for a little while. Well,
apparently there's a reason we're not paid to market films because
they've gone ahead and released yet another visually stimulating poster
Snyder's next romp.
With heavy shades of greens and browns, video game fans will likely
confuse this for a poster for the long talked about Bioshock film until
their double take confirms that that's not a big daddy in the
background. The poster still reminds us of what we're going to get once
the movie drop in March: high flying action, dragons, and five hot
girls ready to make the burliest of dudes feel like little girly men.
Click on the mage on the left for a larger image.
ABC Confirms New "Charlie's
Angels" TV Show
Back in 2009, it was reported
that ABC was considering rebooting the classic 1970s TV show "Charlie's
Angels." Producer Leonard
Goldberg, who launched the series with Aaron Spelling in
1976, is involved with the modern version.
Now comes word that ABC has officially greenlit the pilot episode. Goldberg is still on
board to produce, along with Nancy Juvonen and Drew Barrymore,
who starred in the CHARLIE' ANGELS films.
There's currently an offer out to Mark
Piznarski ("Gossip Girl") to direct the pilot, which will
be geared toward a new generation and will be set in Miami.
News January 15"Pac-Man" TV Series in the Works Really?
the fact that many of you believe Hollywood will eventually make a
Pac-Man movie, game-maker Namco is not ready for that yet. Instead, the
company has teamed with Merv Griffin Entertainment to develop an
unscripted TV series based on the popular video game.
is described as a "big, crazy wipeout-type event with a lot of energy."
Merv Griffin president said: "The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man
is and bring it to life, to bring what is essentially the world's
biggest game of tag to television."
This isn't the first time
that Pac-Man has made it to the small screen. In the early 1980s, there
was a short-lived animated series based on pop culture icon.
Boy, is THIS a slow
news night if we're leading with this!
Century Fox has announced that the Untitled ALIEN Prequel will now be
known as PROMETHEUS, with a release date set for March 9,
reported in October that Noomi Rapace
was in contention for a role. Now, her role is confirmed, with the
actress portraying Elizabeth
Jolie and Charlize
Theron are now circling the other lead role of Vickers.
wrote the original draft of the script, which is now being rewritten by
director Ridley Scott
and Damon Lindelof.
Here's what Ridley Scott
had to say about the storyline for the project:
ALIEN was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the
creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which
this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of
DNA, so to speak, but
the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I
couldn't be more pleased to have found the singular tale I'd been
searching for, and finally return to this genre that's so close to my
also chimed in on PROMETHEUS, discussing Ridley Scott's
vision for the material:
In a world flooded with prequels, sequels and reboots, I was incredibly
struck by just how original Ridley's
vision was for this movie. It's daring, visceral and hopefully, the
last thing anyone expects. When I sat in a movie theater as a kid, feet
raised off the floor for fear that something might grab my ankles, I
never dreamed in my wildest imagination I would one day get to
collaborate with the man responsible for it. Working alongside him has
been nothing short of a dream come true."
Aside from Noomi Rapace's
part, there are four other roles to be cast. Fox representatives would
only say that the other parts, "would be cast soon."
PROMETHEUS comes to theaters March 9th, 2012 and stars Noomi Rapace. The
film is directed by Ridley
Hollywood Plays Musical Release
a few short hours after the big announcement that Ridley Scott's
ALIEN-themed sci-fi flick PROMETHEUS will be released on March 9,
2012, 20th Century Fox has decided to move a number of their 2011
releases around, the most significant one being CAESAR: RISE of the
APES, the prequel to PLANET of the
APES which they've moved back to
November 23, Thanksgiving week, from its original summer release date
of June 24.
turn the Jim
Carrey comedy Mr. POPPER'S PENQUINS has moved forward in
the summer from August 12 to June 17, and David Gordon
Green's The SITTER starring Jonah Hill
has been moved back to August 5 from its
original July 15 release date. Selena Gomez's
romantic comedy MONTE CARLO was pushed back from July 1 to August 12,
just one week later.
Says ZOOLANDER 2 Script is Written Ben Stiller
revealed that the ZOOLANDER sequel
has yet to be greenlit, but the script has been written and everyone is
waiting for an approval from the studio.
"We've completed the script, Justin Theroux
and I, and handed it into the studio," he explained. "Now the studio
has the script and we're at that point where we're waiting to see what
they want to do."
continued: "It's ten years later and most of it is set in Europe. I
don't want to give away too much, but it's basically Derek and Hansel
ten years later – though the last movie ended on a happy note a lot of
things have happened in the meantime. Their lives have changed and
they're not really relevant anymore. It's a new world for them. Will Ferrell
is written into the script and he has expressed interest in doing it. I
is an integral part of the ZOOLANDER story, so yes, he features in a
Disney Already Writing PIRATES of
the CARIBBEAN 5
just reported that Johnny
Depp would be interested in returning for the
fifth PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN installment, and now comes word that
Disney has already signed on a writer.
Rossio, who has written all four previous films, will be
returning for the fifth. His PIRATES writing partner Ted Elliott
not be brought back.
While no deal is in place, the studio is
already having talks with both Depp
and director Rob
Marshall to return
as well. Everyone is currently in post-production on PIRATES of the
CARIBBEAN: on STRANGER TIDES, so no contracts will be signed
for a few
more months. Rossio, however, has already been locked in.
Terry Rossio has signed a deal with Disney to write PIRATES of the
who co-wrote the first four pictures, will not return for the fifth
installment. The studio is also making moves to bring back director Rob Marshall for his
second voyage on the franchise.
No production date has been set.
PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN 5 is in development and stars Johnny Depp.
Awesome New HOBO with a SHOTGUN
Poster Today we have a
brand new poster for the upcoming HOBO wiha SHOTGUN movie, which is
based on the faux trailer that appeared with Canadian releases of
GRINDHOUSE. Check it out on the left. Click on the image on
the left for a larger image.
In the film, Rutger
RUNNER) plays the Hobo,
a homeless vigilante who blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and
other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. Dave Brunt, the man
who played the hobo in the original trailer will appear as a cop in the
HOBO wiha SHOTGUN is directed by Jason
Eisener, who created the trailer for a GRINDHOUSE
competition. He then went on to make a great short film called
TREEVENGE. HOBO will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
New SCREAM 4
A new Canadian trailer for SCREAM 4 has come
online and can be
watched using the player below!
In the April 15 release, directed by Wes Craven
and written by Kevin
Prescott (Neve Campbell),
now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the
last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette)
and Gale (Courteney Cox
Arquette), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts)
and her Aunt Kate
McDonnell). Unfortunately, Sidney's appearance
also brings about the return of Ghostface,
Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends,
and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.
1939 - 2011 Susannah York
passed away, just a week after her 72nd birthday, the BBC is reporting.
Matchflick Presents the Golden
Globe Awards Winners
you living under a rock for the past week, Sunday marked the 68th
Annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Awards.
In a night of glitz, glamor, and controversy,
actual awards were given for excellence in film. In an effort
to not reinvent the Wheel, we will be providing the link to the
HFPA website listing all the nominees and winners.
On a related note, visit us on Facebook to nominate your favorite
movies for the First
Annual Matchflick Flicker Awards. It's our answer
to the Oscars, Golden Globe and the People's Choice Awards, and it's a
lot of fun! Visit us, go to the Discussion Board for the
Rules and Categories and give us your nomination for our ...unique
Stop by, and we will appreciate your two cents.
Robert Downey Jr. to Voice Mr.
PEABODY and SHERMAN
Robert Downey Jr. will lend
his voice to the new DreamWorks Animation 3D adventure Mr. PEABODY and
SHERMAN, portraying the genius talking dog, Mr. Peabody.
The movie is based on characters from "Rocky and Bullwinkle and
Friends," with Mr.
Peabody and his pet boy Sherman using The
WABAC Machine to travel through time and discover new things about
historical figures. Rob Minkoff will direct from a script by Jeffrey
Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin. Here's what Rob Minkoff had to
say about Mr. Peabody:
Mr. Peabody is this
genetic anomaly. He does have brothers and sisters, all of them
non-speaking, no super-smart dogs. He's an outcast, but has overcome it
by being so great at so many things.
The role of Sherman,
who is described as being more naive than dim-witted, has not been cast
yet. Mr. PEABODY and SHERMAN is being planned for a 2014 release.
Mr. PEABODY and SHERMAN comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Robert Downey Jr..
The film is directed by Rob
Original Cast Returns for GI JOE
Earlier this month, we
reported that Paramount Pictures will replace director Stephen Sommers
for the upcoming GI JOE sequel. Filmmakers are already being
approached, but the goal is not to reboot the film franchise.
Lee Byung-hun, who is promoting his new I SAW the DEVIL film, just
confirmed that he will be reprising his role of Storm Shadow in the
second GI JOE installment.
ZOMBIELAND writing team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are currently
working on the "GI JOE 2" script. The plan is to begin shooting in June
and then release the film in the summer of 2012.
Director Ivan Reitman (TWINS,
KINDERGARTEN COP) recently spoke to
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who told him that he is not planning to return
to acting. Instead, he would rather focus on something more serious,
like leading the charge to reduce global warming.
But in an interview with Krone website on Sunday, Schwarzenegger
confirmed that he is looking at three scripts. "Currently I'm reading
three scripts," he said. "One of them I was considering a long time ago
before becoming governor. In it I would play an older [German] soldier,
who is ordered to kill a bunch of kids at the end of the war. But he
doesn't do it and gets them to safety, risking his own life. The script
is based on a true story."
The movie he is describing is called WITH WINGS as EAGLES, which is
written by Randall Wallace (BRAVEHEART, WE WERE SOLDIERS). It's based
on the true life story of a German officer who doesn't agree with his
Nazi party and instead helps American POWs escape.
No word on which other two films Schwarzenegger is considering.
Araki's KABOOM Coming to Sundance
The film will screen at the
fest and on VOD, then IFC/Sundance Selects will release it theatrically
on January 28.
Check out the trailer for KABOOM, the latest from Gregg Araki.
It will screen at the Sundance Film Festival and simultaneously on VOD,
then IFC/Sundance Selects will release it theatrically
on January 28
Listen To Angels and Airways! Oh,
And Watch This New Trailer For LOVE
Fans of Angels and Airwaves!
will be pleased by this trailer, and those who are not might just be
turned once they've finished this clip. Love promises to be a visual
stunner the likes of which we rarely see while following in the
footsteps of giants like 2001, Moon or Solaris.
Rookie director William Eubank has really put together a beautiful
piece here complete with some aural stimulation courtesy of scorer Tom
DeLonge and his band Angels and Airwaves. Marketed in much the same way
that The SOCIAL NETWORK was with Trent Reznor, AVA are a big part of
the trailer. It's a little jarring to see their logo floating through
space, but you can't help but forgive the marketing after you see the
rest of the trailer.
Apple has this in HD, but you can check it out below as well. Love hits
theaters February 2nd
SPIDER-MAN Drops J. Jonah Jameson Marc Webb's
UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN REBOOT is currently filming in Los Angeles, and it
seems the production will not include a colorful character from
previous movies. J.
Jonah Jameson, the editor of The Daily Bugle
newspaper and Peter Parker's boss, does not appear in the UNTITLED
It isn't clear why the character was omitted from the reboot. However,
we do know The Daily
Bugle will have a presence in the UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN
REBOOT with these set photos that debuted online earlier today, one of
which features a Daily
Bugle delivery truck.
Editor's Note: In light of the disasterous 'Spider-Man: Turn
Off the Dark, perhaps we should have gone with a more tactful headline.
HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY
HALLOWS - Part 2 Death Scene Details
HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY
HALLOWS - Part 2 will bring the Hogwarts franchise to a close on July
15, and it seems one of the key death scenes was changed from the
original novel by J.K.
Rowling. Be warned there are
major spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Art director Andrew
Ackland-Snow revealed that the production changed the
location of Severus
Rickman) death in HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS -
Part 2, a change which was approved by J.K. Rowling. Here's
what he had to say below:
We wanted to change a
bit where Snape
dies. In the book, he dies on the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get
him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box,
to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed
for that to happen in there, because we hadn't really seen it before.
We made a crystal house, and you can see what happens in the boat house
from there - Are you listening Harry? - but also the school is in
flames...and she loved it. Besides, it's a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I
It isn't clear if any other major plot points were altered from the
novel. We'll have to wait until July 15 to find out for sure.
First Look: The Cast of X-MEN:
FIRST CLASS Today we have a
photo from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS that first appeared on MSN. But MSN later
took it down after 20th Century Fox told them that the photo is
unauthorized, which likely means that it's not a final version. Check
out the pic above. Click on the photo for a larger image.
Get it quickly before it's taken down.
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is directed by Matthew Vaughn
and is scheduled to hit theaters on June 3rd. Word is that a TV spot
will air during the Super Bowl.
RUBBER Trailer, About a Killer
We've previously seen teasers
for the bizarre RUBBER film, but we now have a full-length
trailer. Check it out below and watch the entire movie On Demand on
February 25th. RUBBER will also get a limited theatrical run
on April 1st.
story of Robert,
an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly
and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert
roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying
telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he
wishes without having to move.
At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various
discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a
beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of
destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force
to be reckoned with, and truly a movie villain for the ages.
George Lucas Convinced World Will
End in 2012
In an interview with the
Toronto Sun, Seth
Rogen spoke about his recent meeting with George Lucas
Spielberg. During that meeting Lucas spent 25 minutes
lecturing the actor about how the world will end in 2012.
"George Lucas sits
down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he
thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He
thinks it," said Rogen.
"He's going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is rolling
his eyes, like: 'My nerdy friend won't shut up, I'm sorry.'"
He continued: "I first thought [Lucas]
was joking, and then I totally realized he was serious and then I
started thinking: 'If you're George
Lucas and you actually think the world is gonna end in a
year, there's no way you haven't built a spaceship for yourself.' So I
asked him: 'Can I have a seat on it?' He claimed he didn't have a
spaceship, but there's no doubt there's a Millennium Falcon
in a garage somewhere with a pilot just waiting to go. It's gonna be
him and Steven Spielberg
and I'll be blown up like the rest of us."
In a related story, The STAR WARS SAGA in 3D, starting with STAR WARS:
The PHANTOM MENACE is scheduled to be released in
2012. Even Mother
Nature herself doesn't
want to see these movies re-released again!
BATMAN RETURNS Batmobile Is
Up For Auction On eBay Got a half a mil
burning in your pocket?
When I was a kid, there was no toy that I loved playing with more than
my Batmobile. Sure, the Batman
action figure that I had didn't fit in the driver's seat, but I would
push that damn thing around and work on capturing The Joker from the
moment I woke up to the time I had to go to bed. Sadly I turn 57
tomorrow and it's uncouth for a dude in his mid-50s to be pushing
around a plastic car. I need grown-up toys. That said, anyone want to
loan me $500,000?
The original Batmobile from Tim Burton'sBATMAN RETURNS
is now on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $499,000. Promised to not be
a replica, this is only the second Batmobile from the film to be put on
sale and is apparently the one in the best condition. The bidding
currently stands at $310,800, but the reserve has not yet been met. The
bidding is scheduled to end tomorrow at 6:00 PST. If the car isn't
purchased by then, it will be auctioned off on live television a few
days from now.
How about it, people? Anyone want to make a young movie blogger happy?
I'll be your best friend! Check out image of the BATMAN
RETURNS Batmobile to the left. Click on the photo for a
The studio went on to reveal that Hardy
will play Bane,
a man who spent his whole life in prison and was a test subject for a
drug that gave him increased strength, although he also became addicted
to that drug. The character is a more recent creation (1993) and is
best known for a story where he broke Batman's back,
leaving the hero a paraplegic.
will play Selina Kyle,
who is better known as Catwoman.
The actress tested for the role in recent weeks, along with Jessica Biel
The DARK KNIGHT RISES will begin filming in May, around London
and Los Angeles. It is set to hit theaters on July 20, 2012.
Will Smith Remaking ANNIE With
His Daughter And Jay-Z?
Back in the '90s and early
'00s, there were few actors more entertaining to watch than Will Smith.
Movies like INDEPENDENCE
DAY and MEN
in BLACK were so great that they even make us forget how bad WILD WILD WEST
in BLACK II were. Now he hasn't made a film since 2008 and
seems more focused on making his kids rich and famous like mommy and
daddy. First it was Jaden's
turn, having him star in the remake of The KARATE KID,
and now Willow Smith
is getting her own movie.
in conjunction with Sony, is now planning to make a remake of the
musical ANNIE with his daughter in the titular role. While the story
comes from unnamed sources, the plan is for the Fresh Prince to
produce through his Overbrook label. Jay-Z,
who collaborated with Willow
on her song "Whip My Hair," is in talks to do the music for the film.
Whenever I hear about stories like this, I always wonder if the kid
actually wants to do it or if they are being forced into it by their
parents. It's quite possible that Will
Smith is no better than the mother of a child beauty
pageant contestant. Think about that for a minute.
Warner Bros. Planning
Reboots/Remakes Of LETHAL WEAPON And The WILD BUNCH
There are some really good
reasons to reboot a franchise or do a remake. Some films just don't age
well over time. Others have an interesting concept that simply wasn't
executed well. Sadly, none of that really matters in Hollywood. For
executives, the reason to remake or reboot is to capitalize on an
existing brand, regardless of how amazing or classic the original was.
Perfect example? This story.
With the departure of Warner Bros. executive Jessica Goodman, the
studio is now planning a reboot of the LETHAL WEAPON
franchise and has started planing remakes of The WILD BUNCH,
GOD!, and TARZAN.
All of the remakes have been in development for years under Goodman, but with
her leaving the projects are being re-distributed among other
executives trying to make a splash. According to the article, agents
have already begun considering casting opportunities and shortlisting
I know that I've been cheering on the return of the western in recent
months, but I'd rather Hollywood abandon the entire genre then see them
remake The WILD BUNCH. And LETHAL WEAPON? Why the hell would
you want to soil something as wonderful as the chemistry between Mel Gibson
Glover? This is an all-around travesty and needs to be
stopped. Find some original material and leave the classics alone.
Robert Downey Jr. Bails On OZ:
GREAT and POWERFUL, Johnny Depp Stepping In?
Though he was never actually
confirmed to be part of the film, Robert Downey
Jr. has now backed away from OZ: GREAT and
POWERFUL, the new spin on The WIZARD of OZ
tale to be directed by Sam Raimi
for Disney. Now, the studio's house talent Johnny Depp
is in early talks to take his place. They've been hoping to start
production on the project in the second half of this year, and the real
question is if Depp
can make room for it with Tim Burton's
DARK SHADOWS, Disney's Jerry
Bruckheimer-produced LONE RANGER and possibly more PIRATES
sequels all shooting within the foreseeable future.
OZ: GREAT and POWERFUL is just one of many
revisionist takes on Dorothy's
adventures in production at the various studios right now, but it was
one of the most high-profile, with RABBIT HOLE
Lindsay-Abaire putting together a rewrite and Disney leaning
hard to get the whole thing into production. Even though Downey Jr. seems
perfect to play the part of a young, charismatic and maybe a little
messy Wizard of Oz,
it's not entirely surprising to see him back away-- he played the same
game with Alfonso
Cuaron's GRAVITY, eventually getting replaced by George Clooney,
and given his commitments to the SHERLOCK HOLMES and IRON MAN sequels
he seems wary of getting involved in even more giant movies. He's
likely been in the industry long enough to know what happens when a
star gets overexposed, and is rightly anticipating the inevitable day
when the name Robert
Downey Jr. elicits not excitement, but an exhausted shrug.
RED Sequel In The Works Bruce Willis
Mirren's action comedy RED
is set to take aim at the box office once more - studio executives have
begun work on a sequel.
SINBAD: ROGUE of MARS Coming from Morningside Entertainment Morningside
Entertainment has optioned Bluewater Productions SINBAD: ROGUE
of MARS to adapt into an epic action adventure fantasy feature for
2012. A continuation of the Sinbad
films that started in 1958 with The 7th VOYAGE
of SINBAD, and followed in the 1970'swith The GOLDEN
VOYAGE of SINBAD and SINBAD and the
EYE of the TIGER, Rogue of Mars is an updated sequel rather
than a reboot.
Executive Producer Barry
Schneer revealed ROGUE of MARS is the first of a
planned new trilogy that will bring this beloved character to a whole
new generation while still showing respect to the original fans, "I am thrilled to continue the
amazing legacy my uncle, Charles
H. Schneer began with 7th VOYAGE and bring to the screen
movie that he and Ray
Harryhausen never got to make."
In his 4th film adventure, Sinbad
and his crew find a magical urn and are soon transported to another
planet by a ruthless and vengeful Jinn
bent on freeing his race who have been imprisoned for millennia and
then laying waste to the ones responsible.
"Sinbad has always been
one of more popular titles in our library that also includes WRATH of
the TITANS and JASON
and the ARGONAUTS," says Darren G. Davis,
Publisher of Bluewater Productions.
"It certainly lends itself to a big-budget tentpole movie."
Bluewater Production's SINBAD: ROGUE of MARS new Graphic Novel
will be available in April 2011. Primarily distributed through
traditional retail outlets, the graphic novel will also be available
through several online venues including Amazon.com and Barnes &
SINBAD: ROGUE of MARS comes to theaters in 2012.
Sacha Baron Cohen's Next
Comedy THE DICTATOR'to Open Worldwide on May 11, 2012
Paramount Pictures announced
today that Sacha
Baron Cohen's new comedy THE DICTATOR will be released
worldwide on May 11, 2012. The studio also announced that Larry Charles
has come aboard to direct.
The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to
ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly
oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel "Zabibah and The
King" by Saddam Hussein.
Producing alongside Baron
Cohen are Scott
Schaffer, and David
Mandel. The project marks the first collaboration for Rudin (The SOCIAL
GRIT) and Baron
Cohen, while Berg,
("Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") join him as screenwriters on the
movie. The movie is the latest collaboration between Baron Cohen and Charles, who
previously worked together on BORAT as well
as BRUNO. Dan
Mazer (BORAT, BRUNO), Ant
Hines (BORAT, BRUNO) and Peter Baynham
(BORAT) will serve as executive producers, reuniting the rest of the
Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe winning BORAT team. Todd Schulman
(BORAT, BRUNO) is co-producing under Baron Cohen's Four
By Two Films banner.
You Can Book a Spaceflight on
Virgin Galactic Using Kayak.Com
Sorry, not this spaceship...
Ever visited Expedia or Travelocity in order to snag a discount flight?
London, the Bahamas, whatever your choice for an exotic destination,
aggregator travel sites have what you're looking for. Now one of the
newer sites, Kayak, lists an even more exotic destination: space.
Here's a fun little Easter Egg: By entering the airport code for
Spaceport America into the "From" field on Kayak.com, and 50m (the
number of miles at which the thermosphere starts) into the "To" field,
you can uncover flights into space.
Let me explain this to you clearly, since I know you're dying to fork
over $200,000 and get anti-gravitational: 1). Enter "90n" (the
Spaceport America airport code) into "From," 2). Enter "50m" into "To,"
3). Make your departure and arrival days the same, 4). Choose "first"
class (naturally), 5). Hit "Search." Viola! You're ready tobook!
(Granted, you are just booking for now -- space trips have yet to
Note: Make sure the "m"
and "n" are lowercase when you're filling in the "To" and "From" fields.
Unlike Zero Gravity Corporation's modified Boeing 727-200 (also known
as the "vomit comet"), which lets passengers experience weightlessness
through parabolic flights, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo will take up
to six passengers beyond the edge of space: Space, technically, is a
mere 62 miles above us, while the Scaled Composites-built spacecraft
goes 68 miles straight up. In order to reach space, SpaceShipTwo will
be lifted by a first vehicle, WhiteKnightTwo, in a process known as
"two stages to suborbit."
Booking a flight to space via a website like Kayak or Virgin Galactic
is darned convenient. But for the potential spaceflight participant who
wants more information, you might want to consider using Accredited
Space Agents, who maintain constant contact with both you and Virgin
Galactic. They also undergo specialized training and can answer any
questions, from the technical to the logistical, you have about your
But no matter which method you choose to book your flight, you'll be
guaranteed a vacation that's out of this world.
ANGELES Viral Website Launched
A viral website for the
upcoming Sony Pictures adventure BATTLE: LOS ANGELES has been
released online at UnidentifiedEnemy.com.
The site reveals an enormous amount of information about the attacking
aliens in the movie.
You can also click on the Alien Bilogy tab to learn about the aliens'
Language and Bio-Mechanics and the Transportation section offers
information on how they travel on both the ground and the water. The
Weapons area gives us more details on their mines and other weaponry.
All of these sections feature a computerized voice guiding you through
this information. You can also click on small white boxes featured over
a specific area to learn even more about that object.
Click Here! to visit this new viral site and learn more than you ever
thought you'd know about the aliens of Battle: Los Angeles.
The movie revolves around the battle with a creature "with
razor sharp teeth and 100 feet of constricting power."
Filming begins in February - in Hawaii. We will
follow up with PIRANHACONDA after filming has commenced.
Catch her interview tomorrow, in the Matchflick Saturday Science
Fiction column, Twenty Questions with Diana Terranova - Part I."
Part II will continue on Wednesday.
BROTHERHOOD Trailer The first trailer
for the indie drama BROTHERHOOD has arrived. Click on the
video below to go inside this collegiate thriller, which centers on a
fraternity prank that turns tragic. BROTHERHOOD arrives in
theaters on February 25:
College freshman Adam
Buckley finds himself blindfolded in the back of a van
dealing with the fact that he has to rob a convenience store as the
final step of his initiation into the Sigma Zeta Chi fraternity.
Minutes later he finds himself dealing with the fact that a
fellow-pledge just got shot while doing it.
senior fraternity brother in charge of the night's events, is able to
get the injured pledge out of the store alive, but the fraternity's
troubles are just beginning. Thinking they can get out of the situation
without taking the pledge to a hospital, Frank decides the
group will handle things themselves. But when every move is met with
must find it within himself to go against Frank and his new
brothers in order to save his friend's life.
Anthony Hopkins Set To Play
Hitchcock In Making Of Psycho
Here's a pretty obvious
casting choice: Anthony
Hopkins is in talks to play Alfred Hitchcock.
Not only does he look almost exactly like him, he's a brilliant actor.
It'd be a nearly criminal sin to cast anyone but Hopkins to play the
character, so check this off as one of the things Hollywood got right
The film is likely to be directed by Sacha Gervasi, who's
probably best known as the documentarian behind the splashy ANVIL! The
STORY of ANVIL. The movie's called ALFRED HITCHCOCK and the MAKING of
PSYCHO, based on a 1998 non-fiction book of the same name. As the title
suggests, the movie will focus on Hitch
during the specific period of his life when he made his most famous
movie, which at the time, no studio wanted to finance. Also deeply
involved in the story will be the relationship between Hitch and his wife Alma Reville. I
guess that's a good idea though I'd love to know what was going through
his mind when he made The BIRDS.
This is actually the second time Anthony
Hopkins has been slated to play the pot-bellied suspense
master. Back in 2007 he was rumored to be attached to an Alfred Hitchcock
project called ALFRED HITCHCOCK [RESENTS, being directed by Ryan Murphy.
That went nowhere, and here we are again predicting Anthony Hopkins as
the man behind Alfred's
story follows two friends (Tatum,
forced to face the consequences of a murder they committed — and got
away with — 16 years earlier. Jonathan Milk White (Tatum) has gone on
to a successful career with the police force and has a happy home life
with his wife (Holmes)
and child. Vinnie
kind of gone the other way. When Milk
is assigned to the precinct where he grew up, his decade-and-a-half-old
secret threatens to tear apart his life and his family.
WikiLeaks Founder Biopic in the
This just leaked in (sorry,
A movie about the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in
the works and is described as a suspenseful drama/thriller.
The film will be based on an upcoming biography "The Most Dangerous Man
in the World" by Australian reporter Andrew Fowler. The
book is an in-depth look at Assange from his childhood to the current
day that focuses on his anti-secrecy "revolution."
founded the Wiki-Leaks website in 2006 and has published secret US
diplomatic material about American involvement in the wars in
Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as toxic waste dumping in Africa,
Guantanamo Bay procedures, and Church of Scientology manuals.
"As soon as I met Andrew
and read a few chapters of his profound book, I knew that -- with his
incredibly extensive depth of knowledge -- it would enable us to bring
a thought-provoking thriller to the screen," said producer Michelle Krumm.
Mike O'Dea to Direct GHOSTMAN Last night, we
reported Matchflick Resident Celebrity Diana
Terranova's interview is to be published today.
As a bonus, Matchflick caught up with their Resident Superhero
Director, Mike O'Dea,
a self-avowed free-lance criminal-turned-film-director. O'Dea has a short
film, TOWNIES, a gangster thriller to his credit listed on IMDB.
He's currently in the middle of his latest project, a
self-described anti-superhero film, GHOSTMAN. He also agreed
to an interview.
But, with a big publicity push and a new trailer scheduled for release
early Februrary, we're bending the rules a bit by giving our
Matchflickers a sneak preview of the upcoming interview, scheduled for
the next "Science Fiction, Double Feature" column two weeks from today.
News January 23Trailer: James Wan's INSIDIOUS
Back in September, we got to
see a short clip from the upcoming INSIDIOUS horror film,
Wilson and Rose Byrne.
Today, we have an official teaser trailer. Check it out below.
When proud parents take possession of an old house, an accident results
in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn't stop
there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm.
The new movie is directed by SAW
Wan, who re-united with SAW writer Leigh Whannell.
On top of that, it is produced by Oren Peli,
the man behind PARANORMAL
ACTIVITY. It has already appeared at the Toronto Film
Festival and is now scheduled to hit theaters on April 1st.
"Wonder Woman" TV Series Picked
Up by NBC
Back in October, David Kelly
("The Practice") revealed that he was hired to write and produce a new
"Wonder Woman" TV series. Then earlier this month Warner Bros TV tried
to give the project a home, but all networks passed on it.
studio promised to not give up and their persistence paid off. NBC has
officially picked up the series and has ordered a pilot. But why would
NBC pass on "Wonder Woman" only to pick it up a week later? It turns
out that the network had a massive regime change recently and the new
executives like the idea of seeing the character on the small screen.
These new execs don't even mind WB's very expensive license fee that
most broadcasters simply cannot afford. Since Robert Greenblatt is
now the new chairman, NBC believes he can do for "Wonder Woman" what he
did for "Dexter" and "Weeds."
Buddy Ebsen Could Understand
WINTER'S BONE star Jennifer
suffered for her art on the set of the new X-MEN prequel FIRST CLASS -
she had an allergic reaction to the body paint that turned her into
skin doctor was called to the set when the pretty star broke out in
rashes and boils when the blue paint was applied to her skin.
got a couple of things from the paint, like weird boils, rashes and
blisters... and a doctor had to pop them."
But once that scare was taken care of, Lawrence really
began to realise what she had signed up for - months of daily make-up
She explains she spent up to eight hours in the make-up chair every day.
adds, "Nothing's sacred anymore. Those girls (make-up assistants) and I
got so close. They were painting me naked every day for months. It was
kind of like going to a really bizarre sleepover."
Watch Mr. Spock say Fascinating! 46
times in 91 seconds
Now in the "People With WAY
Too Much Time on Their Hands" Department...
Spock's use of the word "fascinating" has always been ... fascinating.
So fascinating that someone has cobbled together a 91-second clip
collecting 46 such interpretations.
Check it out below, and maybe you'll say "fascinating" too.
Don Cheadle Thinks A Writer Has
Been Hired For The WAR MACHINE Spin-Off
Back in November there was a
report that Marvel was planning a spin-off for the Iron Man character
According to the story, the studio was putting out a pitch to writers
the script the film, but we haven't heard anything about it
IRON MAN 2
at the Sundance Film Festival, where he's promoting his newest film,
The Guard, revealed that forward progress has been made with
project. According the Cheadle,
Marvel is currently working on the project and he "thinks" they hired a
writer, though he doesn't seem to know who. When asked about the
possibility of the character showing up in Joss Whedon's
AVENGERS, however, he seemed much more confident, saying, "I don't
think [James Rhodes/War
Machine] shows up in that."
Frankly, the biggest thing to take away from this story is that Cheadle seems to be
totally out of the loop when it comes to upcoming Marvel projects,
though the lack of War
in The AVENGERS would explain why he wasn't on stage at last year's
Comic Con. This concept seemingly goes all the way back to last
February, when the actor said flat out that there wouldn't be a
spin-off. Perhaps somebody should clue him in - I really don't want to
see a third person play
a personal note, this reporter has a sort of kinship with
Rhodes. We're both from South Philadelphia, and possibly from
same neighborhood. I remember one flashback he had were he
standing under the 25th Street Bridge.
They're Here! They're
Here The 31st Annual Razzies
Following a Banner Year for
Bad Movies, voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation
have sifted through the cinematic rubble and selected what they
consider to be last year's Berry Worst "Achievements" in Film. In
addition to 2009's top under-achievers, The Gala 31th Annual RAZZIE®
Awards will dis-honor The Worst of the "Uh-Ohs," with special awards
for the Worst Picture, Actor and Actress of the Decade in ceremonies
scheduled for Hollywood's Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 7:30pm/PST on
Saturday, February 26 — the now traditional Night Before the Oscars®.
YOU can be a part of the most democratic awards show in Hollywood.
YOU can walk the Red Carpet (or maybe the backdoor of
theater). Become member
of the Razzies voting body and be GUARANTEED an invitation for two to
attend the 2011 RAZZIE Ceremonies in Hollywood.
So, without further ado, here are the nominees:
2011 RAZZIE AWARDS: FULL LIST OF
The Bounty Hunter
The Last Airbender
Sex & the City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
WORST ACTOR Jack Black,
Gulliver's Travels Gerard Butler,
The Bounty Hunter Ashton Kutcher,
Killers and Valentine's Day Taylor Lautner,
Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Valentine's Day Robert Pattinson,
Remember Me and Twilight Saga: Eclipse
WORST ACTRESS Jennifer Aniston,
The Bounty Hunter and The Switch Miley Cyrus,
The Last Song Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim
Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia
Nixon, Sex & the City 2 Megan Fox,
Jonah Hex Kristen Stewart,
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Jessica Alba,
The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Machete and
Valentine's Day Cher,
Burlesque Liza Minnelli,
Sex & the City 2 Nicola Peltz,
The Last Airbender Barbra Streisand,
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR Billy Ray Cyrus,
The Spy Next Door George Lopez,
Marmaduke, The Spy Next Door and Valentine's Day Dev Patel,
The Last Airbender Jackson Rathbone,
The Last Airbender and Twilight Saga: Eclipse Rob Schneider,
EYE-GOUGING MISUSE OF 3D (Special category for 2010!)
Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore
Clash of the Titans
The Last Airbender
Saw 3-D (aka Saw VII)
WORST SCREEN COUPLE/WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE Jennifer Aniston
& Gerard Butler,
The Bounty Hunter Josh Brolin's
face & Megan
Fox's accent, Jonah Hex
The entire cast
of The Last Airbender
The entire cast
of Sex & the City 2
The entire cast
of Twilight Saga: Eclipse
WORST DIRECTOR Jason Friedberg
& Aaron Seltzer,
Vampires Suck! Michael Patrick King,
Sex & the City 2 M. Night Shyamalan,
The Last Airbender David Slade,
Twilight Saga: Eclipse Sylvester Stallone,
The Last Airbender, written by M.
Night Shyamalan, based on the TV
series by Michael Dante
DiMartino and Brian
Little Fockers, written by John
Hamburg and Larry
Stuckey, based on
characters created by Greg
Glenna & Mary
Sex & the City 2, written by Michael Patrick King,
based on the
TV Series created by Darren
Twilight Saga: Eclipse, screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg,
based on the
novel by Stephenie Meyer
Vampires Suck! written by Jason
Friedberg & Aaron
WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE,
RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL (Combined category for 2010)
Clash of the Titans
The Last Airbender
Sex & the City 2
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Set your calendars for February 26th.
....not that it matters - the show is not televised, although Comedy
Central has been approached in the past.
...Now for some regular news....
AVATAR 2 Arriving For Christmas
Every few months James Cameron
pokes his head out of the ground and promises an AVATAR sequel. Here's
his latest foray out into the bright, yellow sunlight and we're happy
to report that he did not, in fact, see his shadow.
During their interview he reaffirms what we already knew: That AVATAR 2
& 3 will be shot back to back. Right now he's "in the process
of writing the next two AVATAR
films." That means they're a long, long way off from being in theaters.
predicts the first one will show up in theaters for Christmas of 2014
with AVATAR 3 in theaters a year later on Christmas of 2015.
Don't hold him to those dates. One thing that's been pretty clear about
the whole AVATAR sequel process all along is James Cameron's
absolute lack of hurry. He's in no rush and he'll get around to it when
he gets around to it, if he gets around to it at all. At least we know
he's writing something and he's far enough along to start predicting
which characters from the first movie will return. Cameron says,
"Basically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second
film, at least in some form."
A Scientific Explanation Of Why
3D Gives People Headaches
When you hear an artist talk
about his work, it's hard to not also fall in love with that work. The
artist's love and enthusiasm is contagious and even the ugliest piece
of art explained meaningfully and non-pretentiously can seem beautiful.
One art form we never hear about is the brutal art of editing a film,
which can easily turn into cleaning up someone else's mess. Walter
Murch, Academy Award winning editor and sound designer, is
artist who makes beautiful work that you only love more when listening
to him talk about it, and he has a few things to say about 3D and how
it just does not work with our brains.
NOW editor wrote a letter to Roger Ebert
his review of the latest 3D exploit The GREEN
HORNET and means to
scientifically explain why it is most people will get headaches after
about 20 minutes.
The biggest problem with 3D, though, is
the "convergence/focus" issue. A couple of the other issues -- darkness
and "smallness" -- are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper
problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the
screen -- say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what.
But their eyes must converge at perhaps
10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what
the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and
converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never
presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always
focused and converged at the same point.
This may not convince those of you who haven't had headache problems, I
have not either, but should you find yourself in a less than optimal
seat in the theater for a 3D film, rest assured you will be rubbing
your temples just like everyone else.
Regardless of Murch's
theory, which is probably right, I still believe
that 3D has a place in our world. Is it being criminally overused at
the expense of story? Absolutely. But films like TOY STORY 3
TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, and hell, even the non-animated TRON: LEGACY
made more fun despite the simple darkening and discomfort of the
To read the whole letter, head on over to Ebert's article at
Chicago Sun Times and scope it out. It's an interesting read and you
can get an idea of just how amazing Murch
is by watching the brief
videos they've posted.
Keanu Reeves Says MATRIX
4 and 5 are Coming Keanu Reeves
spoke about his career while promoting his new movie HENRY'S CRIME.
He spoke briefly about 47 RONIN and BILL and TED 3 but the big news
came when Reeves revealed that he met with the Wachowskis around
Christmas. They told him that they completed script treatments for two
more MATRIX installments. They are planning to make the films
in 3D and have already met with James Cameron
to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the technology.
that he's excited to return as Neo
and promised that the treatments will truly revolutionize the action
genre like the first MATRIX film did.
dead? Isn't Trinity
dead? We may have the very first actual re-boot:
The MATRIX REBOOTED?
Last night, we gave you the Razzie
nominations. Tonight we give you the nominations for that
...other awards ceremony.
The 83rd Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences - The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February
27th, 8pm/5pm Pacific Time at the Kodak Theater at the Hollywood and
Highland Center in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The list of categories and nominees would take up the entire news feed
for today, leaving out all the other pertinent news. Instead,
here is the link
to the Oscars site. Aside from the viewing all the categories and
nominations, the Oscars site gives you the opportunity to review your
favorites and make your own selection to compare. You can
see if the Academy agrees with your selections.
The HUNGER GAMES Gets A March
2012 Release Date
Thanks to a ravenous
readership of the book series by Suzanne
Collins, The HUNGER GAMES is one of the most hotly
anticipated projects currently in development. Set to be directed by Gary Ross,
there has been much conversation about which young actress should play
the film's protagonist, Katniss
Everdeen. Sadly, I can't deliver that news at this time,
but I can tell you when the movie is set to come out.
Lionsgate has officially given The HUNGER GAMES a release date of March
23, 2012. The date puts the movie right in between the Jonah Hill-scripted
adaptation of the television show "21 Jump Street" and the Jonathan
Liebesman-directed sequel to CLASH of the
TITANS, WRATH of the TITANS. The studio helps to be boosted
by both spring break and the Easter holiday, as the fanbase of the
books is primarily teenagers. In the books, an annual, televised event
is held in the future where young children are forced to battle to the
Which Member of the Fantastic
Four Just Got Killed? No Spoilers!
One of the Fantastic Four
just journeyed to Marvel Heaven, where characters go to their
not-so-very-final resting place. But which one of them died to turn the
Fantastic Four into the Three?
No, I'm not telling! Sorry, Alpha Craig, You'll
have to buy that issue (As
if I thought you wouldn't)
It turns out Marvel has been planning this for two years—and
that's just the first step in a grander scheme. Comic Book Resource
"Jonathan Hickman [writer of Fantastic
Four] came to us two years ago with a vision for evolving the
characters and concepts introduced to fans 50 years ago in Fantastic
Four #1—and quite frankly his vision blew us away," said Tom Brevoort,
Marvel Entertainment SVP of Publishing. "This death is the
first major move in this incredibly exciting evolution of the legendary
Fantastic Four franchise and a necessary part of the larger story we
will be telling featuring the beloved characters moving forward."
In fact, this isn't the only death: the Fantastic Four will be ending
as of issue #588.
There is no news as to what will become of the surviving characters,
but we're guessing they'll form a new group (and a new comic), the
As we know, comic-book death isn't the same as real death; even
Superman has died and returned. Will there ever be a fantastic Four
again? Marvel editor Tom Brevoort isn't saying. But he did tell CNN:
"It's very easy to
develop cynicism about the stories we tell," Brevoort added. "The only
way to combat and conquer it is to have a story that touches on the
humanness of people that has emotional resonance and truth to it. The
fact of death is something every human being can relate to. I would
argue that a well-told story of a character's demise is not necessarily
undone by them coming back later."
The New Poster for HANNA Focus Features has
the new poster for director Joe Wright's HANNA, the suspense
thriller opening in theaters on April 8.
Raised by her father (Eric Bana),
an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's (Saoirse Ronan)
upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to
making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence
is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys
stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a
ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Cate Blanchett).
As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna
faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected
questions about her humanity.
Click the poster for a bigger version!
The Geekiest, Nerdiest, Awesomest
Imaginary Battle Ever Filmed
Who needs XBox Kinect?
What happens when two videogame-loving dudes desperately want to beat
each other to a pulp but can't find a weapon to do the deed? In this
steeped-in-sweetness, occasionally profane, mildly NSFW short film,
they make them out of thin air. Literally.
It's kind of amazing what you can accomplish with a pair of
particularly limber actors, some decent image-processing software, and
a sound-effects library. Who needs props when you've got pretend?
Near as I can tell, Ode to Action's director, James Chen, dropped
references to "Halo," "Gears of War," STAR WARS,
2, and DESPERADO
... but I may be missing a few. What did you hear that I didn't?
Don't forget to vote on The
Flicker Awards. Click the link below
Did the Razzies, We Did the Oscars; it SAG's Turn Tonight
Screen Actors Guild is the
nation's largest labor union representing working actors. Established
in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from
standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the
1940s to fighting for artists' rights amid the digital revolution
sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20
branches nationwide, SAG represents over 125,000 actors who work in
film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials,
video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild
exists to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation and benefits
and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists' rights. SAG
is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you
can visit SAG online at SAG.org.
The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony will be simulcast
live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at 8 p.m.
(ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine
Exposition Center in Los Angeles.
Feel Like a Drunken Porn Star
Introducing the Ron Jeremy Limited Edition Rum.
It is Smooth, Tasty and With Just a Hint of an Incurable STD.
I swear I do not make
this stuff up!
As a fully-formed booze hound that enjoys tossing back the golden
elixir of life, I must admit that I am both horrified, yet slightly
aroused, by the possibility of drinking rum inspired by the hairy,
unappealing visage of Mr. Ron Jeremy.
That said, the description of this limited edition rum ($TBA) seems a
bit pretentious considering we are talking about a man who sticks his
wee-wee in the gaping maw of various plastic women for cash:
Ron de Jeremy Rum is an
exceptionally well-balanced 7-year old premium rum from Panama. It has
an inviting light amber color with very attractive copper hues. The
aroma is that of a carefully aged rum, with a harmoniously balanced
orchestra of oak, fruit and spices. It opens up smoothly, showcasing a
high level of craftsmanship. The oak comes through robustly and
satisfyingly, yet gentle enough to allow hints of vanilla and raw sugar
cane to reveal themselves. The finish is elegant and long.
If they really want to represent the appeal of Mr. Jeremy's rum
might I suggest:
Ron de Jeremy Rum is packed with a GHB-like punch that will surely turn
any semi-willing participant into a whore. It has an inviting chest
hair color and the aroma is that of old ass. Enjoy
Of course, It doesn't have the same poetry as the original write-up but
at least it would get the younger set interested in it.
For more info (and to pre-order the rum) click here.
Tom Kenny, Voice of SpongeBob
SquarePants, to Host 38th Annual Annie Awards
WE ARE NECK-DEEP IN AWARDS
the voice of the wildly successful film and television character
'SpongeBob SquarePants,' is set to host this year's 38th Annual Annie
Awards on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at UCLA's Royce Hall. The
black-tie evening begins with a pre-reception at 5 p.m. followed by the
'Annie' Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and post-award party immediately
following the ceremony. All events will be held at Royce Hall.
A limited number of VIP tickets are still available. Tickets are $200
for ASIFA-Hollywood members and $250 for non-members. General admission
tickets are $25 and can be purchased only through the UCLA box office.
For additional ticket information and up-to-the minute details on the
38th Annual Annie Awards, please visit www.annieawards.org. Media
inquiries and credentials, please contact Gretchen Houser, Houser PR at
562.235.0991 or Gretchen@houserpr.com.
The CONSPIRATOR Trailer Online
The trailer for The CONSPIRATOR is now online, courtesy of Yahoo!
Watch the trailer below and catch the film in theaters on April 15th.
Donald Sutherland gets Hollywood
Walk of Fame star
Versatile actor Donald
Sutherland, who has played everything from a Nazi spy to an
aging astronaut, was honored Wednesday with a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
His star was unveiled outside the Roosevelt Hotel next to son Kiefer
Sutherland's star. The elder Sutherland joked that
getting a star was better than a headstone at a cemetery.
"This marker I can actually come and visit," Sutherland, 75,
said. "I could get a chair and sit here, or a bucket and a mop and
clean it, and make sure that people don't step on it."
wasn't able to attend the ceremony because of work obligations in New
York. He wrote a message that was read by Colin Farrell,
his father's co-star in the comedy HORRIBLE BOSSES due out later this
"I selfishly wanted to be there to simply tell you how proud I am to
have you as my father and how even more proud I am to be your son," Kiefer Sutherland
He won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role in the 1995 television
crime drama CITIZEN
X and another Golden Globe award for his portrayal of
presidential adviser Clark
Clifford in the 2002 television movie "Path to War."
He said he loves working and has no plans to retire.
In this new version of
the Grimm fairy tale,
the original story, is supposed to kill Snow White but ends
up letting her go) becomes her protector and a mentor as they try to
escape from the evil queen who ordered her death. Charlize Theron
is in talks to play the queen.
The studio has
fast-tracked the project since it's competing with
several other SNOW WHITE films that are currently in
development. And now that Mortensen
is on board, it's time to cast Snow
Universal has been searching for an unknown actress
to take the role, but has now offered it to TWILIGHT
The film is set to
shoot sometime this summer for a December 21, 2012
Cube And Ryan Seacrest
Joining New Year's Eve Party Last month the movie HOW DO YOU KNOW
made headlines when it was revealed that the film had a $100 million
budget with half of it going to pay the star's salaries (Reese
alone took $15 million). I sure hope that the
studio behind New Year's Eve isn't dealing out that kind of dough or
there will be bankruptcy news coming soon.
morning's announcement that Josh Duhamel
was joining the cast, Ice Cube
also in negotiations to join the ensemble film.
In the film, Cube
will play an NYPD officer who works with the "director of the Times
Square festivities", played by Hilary Swank;
will cameo as himself. Bridging from this morning's news, Duhamel will play a
romantic trying to get to a party so that he can reconnect with a
mystery woman he met the previous year.
How do you think
N.W.A.-era Ice Cube would have reacted to news of
being cast in the same film film at the same time as a guy like Ryan
Wants Wore 'Sex,' Happy
with Razzie Nod Despite a barrage of bad
reviews and pair of Razzie nominations, SEX and the
CITY star Kim
hopeful for another installment in the TV and
The 54-year-old actress
says she's glad the Razzies exist because "it
keeps you honest." She hasn't been approached for a third film yet, but
she says she believes the fan following is still strong.
Shatner sings ... Black
Sabbath???? Just in case your ears don't
At this point in human
civilization, "Shatner" needs to become a verb.
What does it mean to "Shatner" a thing?
Until the brainiacs at
the OED can come up with something better, how
about: "The process
which one can transform a pre-existing cultural artifact and thus make
it at once retro yet infused with a hipster sensibility that is trendy
to the unique picosecond in which it is transformed."
lounge-lizard takes on Elton John's
"Rocket Man," cop dramas in the form of T.J. Hooker, lawyer
dramas, even Twitter feeds have been Shatnered into the sitcom "Sh*t My
Dad Says." Now Shatner
is working with shredmeister/guitar god Zakk Wylde, former
axe-man for Ozzy and Black Label Society, on a new album to come out
later this year called "Seeking Major Tom," a collection of rock covers
for which the former Captain
be doing vocals.
Which rock standards?
Well, according to the guys at FEARnet, one of
the songs will be Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." Another will be Queen's
"Bohemian Rhapsody." We can only assume that, given the album's title
and the outer-space-defined career of Shatner, David Bowie's
"Space Oddity" and "Ashes to Ashes" might be candidates for Shatnering,
Check out the video
below, for footage of the laying down of tracks for
version of "Iron Man."
Not since Quebec's
greatest son gave voice to the absinthe-soaked
spleen of Charles
Baudelaire on the 1968
album "The Transformed Man" have
the frail organs of human hearing been faced with such an awesome
prospect of Shatner-esque magnificence.
So what do you think?
Will this album eclipse forever the legacies of
Leonard Nimoy's "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," or his cover of "Proud
Mary"? Or will this just be a curiosity, like Paul Anka's Rock Swings
album, which featured, among other things, a cover of Nirvana's "Smells
Like Teen Spirit"? Or will it be destined for bargain bins along with
Pat Boone's In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, which featured
covers of Ozzy's "Crazy Train" and Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water"?
Capt. Kirk goes from stud to spud
as new Mr. Potato Head toy
Attention "Star Trek" fans
and collectors—to your wallets! PPW Toys is about to release Mr. Potato Head
versions of beloved "Star Trek" TOS characters, starting with the great
himself, Captain James
T. Kirk, and his good ol' pal (OK, make that enemy), the
According to Toyexplosion, the Star Trek line of Mr. Potato Head
figures (which will also include lines for The WIZARD of OZ
and The THREE STOOGES)
will be released at Toy Fair 2011.
But what about the rest of the original starship Enterprise crew? Don't
worry! Not only will we get to play with Captain Kirk and Kor, but we'll also
get the chance to play with other characters as well, allowing for a
full-blast Star Trek experience.
This is what StarTrek.com says about the line:
PPW Toys will
release Star Trek Mr. Potato Head collectible figures in a series
of TOS-centric sets, and they'll kick it off with Captain
Kirk—going from stud to
spud—and his old Klingon foe, Kor. Subsequent sets will include Mr.
Spock and Lt.
Uhura, for example, and
they may also feature familiar TOS equipment and Enterprise components.
So can you see any resemblance to the great Shat? (Just really squint a
lot—it helps.) And will you be getting these toys? Or will you hold off
for a "Star Trek: The Next Generation" edition with Captain Jean-Luc Picard?
now Mr. Potato Head - the
horror - the horror
Comedian Charlie Callas Dies at 83 Charlie Callas,
a versatile comedian whose zany faces and antics made him a regular for
more than four decades on television, in films and on casino stages,
has died in Las Vegas. He was 83.
Thursday at a hospice, according to his sons Mark Callas and Larry Callas. Callas was
a rubber-faced, wiry framed comic whose rapid-fire delivery drew laughs
and made him a frequent guest on variety and comedy shows.
"Everybody that met him, he left them with a smile," Mark Callas said.
For years, Charlie Callas
made Johnny Carson
laugh on the "Tonight Show." But Carson
banned him from returning after Callas
off his chair in a bid for laughs in 1982.
He also played restaurant owner Malcolm Argos in the 1970s TV series
"Switch" with Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert, and had roles in Mel
Brooks' films "High Anxiety" and "History of the World: Part I."
Callas grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and served in the U.S. Army in
Germany during World War II before beginning a career as a drummer with
big bands starring Tommy Dorsey and Buddy Rich.
who produces the "American Superstars" celebrity impersonators show in
Las Vegas, said he encouraged his parents to move to Las Vegas from New
York in 2002. Larry
Callas said the death of his mother, Evelyn Callas in
July at age 80, broke his father's heart.
Funeral arrangments were being made at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas.
The actor is on record stating that he would love to join Nolan's BATMAN
franchise. "I would do BATMAN in a second, playing anyone," he said,
adding: "The BATMAN films have screwed me twice before: years ago they
offered me The Joker
and then gave it to Jack
Nicholson, then they offered me The Riddler and
gave it to Jim
Now comes word from BatmanOnFilm website that Williams is in talks
to play Hugo Strange.
It was assumed that Tom
Hardy would be playing Strange,
but it was later confirmed that he will be playing Bane instead.
Question: Is Williams a
good fit to play Hugo Strange? Sound off in our
Movie Ticket Prices Rose
Five-Percent In 2010
2010 saw one of the biggest increases in movie
ticket prices of all time. Yet despite confirmed reports of theaters
charging $50 for IMAX 3D showings, the actual, overall price hike only
averages out to around a 39-cent increase. Average ticket prices rose
more than 5% from $7.50 in 2009 to $7.89 in 2010 according to The Wrap.
It's worth noting that last year annual inflation only rose 2.3%. Movie
ticket prices outpaced inflation by almost 3%.
So maybe that's one of the biggest annual increases in recent history,
but with $50 movie tickets becoming the norm in some areas I'd say it
could have been a lot worse. The thing really keeping that number from
being closer to the $10 plus per ticket most of us are familiar with,
are 2D showings which haven't really increased in price at all, while
3D prices have skyrocketed to ridiculous levels. It'll be interesting
to see what effect this has in 2011 as theaters convert even more
screens to 3D, phasing out those unchanged 2D ticket prices which kept
that average within the realm of the reasonable. Expect to see me here
at this same time next year talking about even bigger percentage
Here's a complete breakdown of ticket prices over the years as detailed
by the National Association of Theater Owners:
First Trailer For BEGINNERS With
I'll admit it: I like quirky
movies. All too often I find myself sitting and watching movies with
familiar tones and humor, but the occasional quirky title can change
things just enough to put a smile on my face. If the trailer is any
indication, I'll be showing teeth while watching BEGINNERS.
We have the first Mike
Mills film, starring Ewan McGregor,
Plummer, and Melanie Laurent.
Set all the way back in the year 2003, the protagonist, Oliver (McGregor) who, in
the span of a few months, learns that his father (Plummer) has a) come
out of the closet at age 75, and b) has been diagnosed with terminal
cancer. Reflecting back on his relationship with his father, he tries
to come to terms with the news.
Check out the trailer below
While the film is a drama, and certainly has the potential to go really
dark, my favorite parts of this trailer were the lighter moments,
particularly the intro with the dog (a nice new spin on an old idea)
and the father's introduction to house music. I really like the cast
they assembled here and I'm really hoping that Christopher Plummer
gets to stick around for a while in the story. Color me intrigued.
Elton John Biopic in the Works
While co-hosting a show on
BBC Radio, Elton
John revealed that Lee Hall
ELLIOT) is writing a script for a biopic about the singer and
promised that it will be as "crazy" as his life.
"I'd just like to make a really great film about my life story. We have
a great script already by Lee
Hall who wrote BILLY ELLIOT," said John.
"Obviously it's not going to be your normal, run-of-the-mill film
because my life has kind of been crazy. And I think it's important to
do a kind of surrealistic take on my life, from buying a football club
to God knows what."
The film, which the singer will produce with his partner David Furnish
(GNOMEO and JULIET), will apparently not focus on his struggles with
drugs, alcohol, weight and relationships.
Streisand, Rogen Road Trip Comedy
Finally Gets Greenlight
During the summer, news
initially broke that Barbara
Streisand and Seth Rogen
were bizarrely set to star in an upcoming road trip comedy called MY
MOTHER'S CURSE. Even with the crazy name recognition though, the
project simmered for months as Paramount was for whatever reason
reluctant to move forward. Not anymore. This is officially a go with
both of the actors still set to play the leads.
PROPOSAL helmer Anne Fletcher
is on board to direct and CARS
Fogelman has completed the script. The basic premise is a
loose adaptation of
life relationship with his mother, and it follows an inventor who sets
off on a road trip with his mother to simultaneously sell his new idea
and hook her back up with a lost love. Longtime Rogen partner Evan Goldberg
along with John Goldwyn
and SNL headman Lorne
Michaels will produce. Production is slated to begin this
Spring, but no official release date has been announced.
have no more information than you do, but if I had to wager a guess, I
would say this greenlight took forever largely based on demographics.
Who is this movie targeted to? Is Streisand
signing up for a raunchy comedy, or is Rogen down for a
heartwarming faux-RomCom? We'll let you know once we figure out what
the hell this vehicle actually is.
Do I smell a 2012 Razzie
for Worst Couple?
What's Happening With A NIGHTMARE
on ELM STREET and FRIDAY the 13th Sequels?
Producer Brad Fuller updated
his Twitter account with update about the sequels to A NIGHTMARE on ELM
STREET and FRIDAY the 13th.
NIGHTMARE on ELM STREET hit theaters last year and grossed
million at the worldwide box office on a $15 million budget. The
studio, however, considers it a failure and is not moving forward with
a second installment. "As for Freddy,
as far as I know, there isn't even talk of writing another script,"
is very similar to what happened to FRIDAY the 13th reboot two
years ago. The film $91 million on a $19 million budget, but New Line
immediately announced that it won't be pursuing a sequel
But the studio couldn't resist returning to such a well known
franchise. And now Fuller
says that a script already exists. "[Damian]
Shannon and [Mark]
Swift wrote a great script," he wrote. "We are ready to
go, when New Line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready."
He added that lately studios have been avoiding R-rated horror films.
As a result, Fuller
is now focused on a new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES installment and an
OUIJA movie, which will be more action-adventure than horror.
FOUND: Gene Roddenberry's
Original 1964 Pitch for "Star Trek!"
Worthless Information of the
A pop culture blog called "Between the Pages" has a link up to an
online copy of Roddenberry's
initial outline for the series, dated March 11, 1964. The show itself
premiered on Sept. 8, 1966, and in the intervening two years, a whole
lot changed. For instance:
original captain was not James
Christopher Pike, but Robert
♦ The ship was first called the U.S.S. Yorktown;
♦ The navigator was not a young Russian hotshot named Pavel Chekov, but a
young South American hotshot named Jose
was the "first lieutenant" and described as having a reddish complexion
and, of course, pointed ears, and was probably "half Martian."
16-page outline also contains his now-famous description of the show as
a sort of sci-fi Wagon Train, and does not mention anything like a
transporter beam; the crew would land on planets via small recon
vehicles. Early ideas for communicators, universal translators and
phaser weapons can also be found within.
Most fascinating, however, are the story ideas that Roddenberry
includes—many of which formed the basis for or at least planted the
seed for classic episodes like "Charlie X," "Shore Leave," "A Piece of
the Action," "The Return of the Archons," "The Savage Curtain,"
"Mirror, Mirror" and what eventually became the show's first pilot,
"The Cage." Some of his dicier ideas—like a planet where slavery is the
norm, except that whites are the slaves—never made it to the show at
all (probably just as well).
So if you thought you knew
everything about Star Trek, this document might hold some surprises for
you. Either way, it's an essential read—after all, these 16 pages are
where a legendary science fiction franchise began!
is a 3D animation feature from the makers of the ICE AGE
Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest
of Brazil, the comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a rare macaw
who thinks he is the last of his kind. When Blu
discovers there's another — and that she's a she — he leaves the
comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio. But it's
far from love at first sight between the domesticated and
and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel.
Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on an adventure of a
lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love, courage, and being
open to life's many wonders. RIO brings together a menagerie of vivid
characters, a heart-warming story, colorful backdrops, energizing Latin
and contemporary music, and family-friendly song and dance.
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