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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Can Angelina Jolie Be "Unforgiven"

Can Angelina Jolie Be "Unforgiven"

GK Films is developing a feature adaptation of the 2009 British miniseries Unforgiven, and Christopher McQuarrie writing a script that’s being tailored for Jolie to play the lead role. Jolie, who next stars with Depp in the GK-financed Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck-directed thriller The Tourist (Columbia Pictures releases the film December 10), separately announced this week she’ll make her directing debut and produce with GK’s King and Tim Headington a Bosnian love story she has written.

McQuarrie, who just scripted X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, was one of the writers on The Tourist. Unforgiven is about a woman’s attempt to rejoin society after she serves a 15-year prison stretch for the murder of two policemen. The tragedy happened after the policemen came to evict her family from their farmhouse. Her hope is to live quietly and reunite with her troubled younger sister, but the paroled woman is targeted for a revenge campaign by two sons of one of her victims. Suranne Jones played the lead in the mini, which was written by Sally Wainwright and directed by David Evans.

Jolie doesn’t commit to projects until scripts are completed, but I’m told this one is on a fast track. Jolie solidified her starpower this summer with the action-thriller Salt, which has grossed north of $217 million worldwide.


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Graphic Novel "Nightfall" Finds It's Director

Graphic Novel "Nightfall" Gets Its Man

James Wan, who co-created and directed the original Saw, has been set to direct Nightfall, the film adaptation of the graphic novel. The film is a coproduction between Scott Mitchell Rosenberg’s Platinum Studios and William Stuart’s Aurora Productions. The premise: a man is sentenced to time in a prison run by vampires. The graphic novel was published in 2007 and written and created by Scott O. Brown with art by Ferran Xalabarder. Wan will oversee the development of a script. His latest film, Insidious, plays in the Midnight Madness program at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.

“The minute I heard the concept, I was in, Wan said. “Reading the graphic novel cemented that. Like Saw, it’s a simple concept that, if executed properly, will be so cool."

Said Platinum’s Rosenberg: “James’ experience crafting the contained horror in Saw will be a big help in his informing the visual experience of Nightfall.”


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Star Trek Sequel To Be Compared To The Dark Knight

Star Trek Sequel To Be Compared To The Dark Knight

Star Trek Dos, aka, Star Trek 2, isn't set to hit theaters until 2012. But E! News caught up with producer Damon Lindelof (you know, cocreator of a little show called Lost) at a pre-Emmys party, and he spilled some insights into what's driving the filmmakers as they work on the sequel.

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"We're looking at a movie like The Dark Knight, which went one step beyond Batman Begins," Lindelof said. "It was really about something, and at the same time it was a superhero movie. We don't want to abandon all the things that made the first movie work...but we also really want the movie to thematically resonate."


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Mission: Impossible 4 Jeremy Renner Tom Cruise

 Jeremy Renner Joining Tom Cruise On A Mission

Paramount Pictures won't be screen-testing any young actors to star opposite Tom Cruise after all. I've learned that the studio has just chosen Jeremy Renner to infuse new blood in its Mission: Impossible franchise. Renner is the Oscar-nominated star of The Hurt Locker and will star alongside Cruise in the fourth installment of the franchise that will begin production in the fall as a reboot. Brad Bird is directing and Cruise is producing with JJ Abrams.

Paramount has struggled to find the right co-star to play the operative opposite Cruise. One factor was selecting an actor who could potentially carry the series on his own down the line, should Cruise's Ethan Hunt character not continue to be the emphasis. While Cruise is expected to return for a fifth installment, production chief Adam Goodman wanted a guy who could grow into a leading man in his own right. The studio boss was interested in actors like Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, but they were booked. So the studio planned to test a group of young actors later this week, and Deadline spent all Tuesday going back and forth with the studio over candidates Kevin Zegers, Christopher Egan and Anthony Mackie (the latter of whom starred with Renner in The Hurt Locker). But it was clear that Paramount wasn't sure what it was going to do. Those tests have been canceled now (Mackie, another seasoned actor poised for a breakout, ultimately pulled himself out of the running and didn't sign a test deal.) Goodman, sources said, felt Renner's "has a Daniel Craig quality" and the heft to carry the franchise. Interesting that, rather than trying to create a star by going with a young unknown, Paramount instead has placed its bet on a 39-year old actor who has been around for years.

This casting fills a big piece in the Mission: Impossible 4 puzzle, which has included coming to resolution on a budget. The script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec came in just as Cruise's Knight and Day opened to lackluster U.S. box office which caused Paramount to rethink M:I4 budget. Cruise's deal has now been completed, though his perks package is still being worked out. The film will shoot in the U.S., Vancouver, Prague and Dubai.


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

First Trailer For Danny Boyle's "127 Hours"

First Trailer For Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" Starring James Franco

Here is the first trailer for the upcoming film called 127 Hours, and it stars James Franco(Aron Ralston) and is directed by Danny Boyle(Slumdog Millionaire.)  In 2003, climber Aron Ralston and his harrowing, nearly disastrous mishap out in the Utah wilderness. The 20-something had been hiking in Blue John Canyon when a boulder dislodged, crushing his right forearm against the canyon wall. Making matters worse, nobody knew where he was.

After five days, with his water gone and desperation his only option, you can guess what happened next. What makes the story even more unbelievable is that Ralston, once free, was still some eight miles away from his truck.

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Official Synopsis:

127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

127 Hours will hit theaters on November 5th, 2010.

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A Boyfriend for My Wife Steve Carell

Steve Carell Wants A Boyfriend For His Wife

Warner Bros. is seeking "A Boyfriend for My Wife," setting up a remake of the 2008 Argentine romantic comedy with Steve Carell's Carousel Prods. as a starring vehicle for the actor.

Carell will produce along with Christine Peters ("How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days") and Michael Cerenzie. Grace Ledding is co-producing, and Carousel's Charlie Hartsock and Vance DeGeneres are exec producing.

Warners has tapped the writing team of Mark Gibson and Phil Halprin ("Snow Dogs") to adapt.

In the original film, "Un novio para mi mujer," a timid husband believes the only way out of his stifling marriage is to get his wife to fall in love with another man, so he enlists the help of a legendary yet unlikely Lothario.

Carell produced and starred in Warner's marital comedy "Crazy, Stupid Love" via WB-based Carousel with Hartsock and DeGeneres. "Love," directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, opens April 22.


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Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell To Make A Cameo In Scream 4

Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell To Make A Cameo In Scream 4

It's being reported that Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell will be making a cameo in the upcoming Wes Craven film "Scream 4." No word on what characters they will be playing, but I am sure they will be playing some form of a sexy women in distress. 

The beautiful ladies will join the cast of Courteney Cox,Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella and Anthony Anderson.

Scream 4 is set to open in theaters April 15, 2011.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Katie Holmes Joins Sandler's Jack And Jill

Katie Holmes Joins Sandler's Jack And Jill

Katie Holmes is in talks to star opposite Adam Sandler and Al Pacino in "Jack and Jill," a Columbia comedy being directed by Dennis Dugan.

In the film, Jack, a family man, deals with his twin sister, Jill, when she visits for Thanksgiving then won't leave. Sandler will play both characters.

Holmes would play Sandler's wife; Pacino is set to play himself.

"Jack," being produced by Sandler and Happy Madison partner Jack Giarraputo with Todd Garner, is planning an October shoot.

The role marks Holmes' first studio film since 2005's "Batman Begins." In between, she took a break from acting but graced the screen in 2008's small-budgeted "Mad Money." She has several ensemble indies in the can -- including romantic drama "The Romantics" and crime thriller "The Son of No One" -- and stars in the Guillermo del Toro-produced chiller "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," which Miramax is set to open Jan. 21.

The actress,  is shooting History's miniseries "The Kennedys," playing Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.


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Iron Fist Movie Moving Forward With xXx Writer

Iron Fist Movie Moving Forward With xXx Writer

Marvel Studios is moving forward on a live action feature version of Iron Fist, hiring screenwriter Rich Wilkes to draft a movie based on a martial arts expert whose battle with a dragon--ended when he plunged his hands through the beast's molten heart--turned his fists into indestructible weapons.

Iron Fist was on the minds of many fanboys when Disney paid $4 billion for Marvel's 5000 superhero library and vowed to turn the less obvious comic book heroes into films and TV properties. Marvel tried to make an Iron Fist movie with Artisan nearly a decade ago, as a vehicle for X-Men villain and martial arts expert Ray Park. The Iron Fist comic book mythology was created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in the 1970s, when the popularity of martial arts films was on the rise.

Iron Fist was among a bunch of Marvel superhero properties scattered around Hollywood. While tent poles like X-Men, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Fantastic Four and a handful of others remain at other studios, Marvel has recaptured rights to many wayward properties and Kevin Feige is hitting the reset button on a bunch of them. Marvel recently began work on Dr. Strange, hiring Conan scribes Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to generate a film from a superhero property that four studios tried to crack over the years. Both Iron Fist and Dr. Strange will be distributed by Disney. Marvel Studios has four more films under the preexisting distribution deal with Paramount, and those will include Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America, and the Robert Downey Jr.-starrer Iron Man 3. The final film will likely be the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers, though Marvel is separately working on the youth-oriented Runaways and Ant-Man.

Wilkes is best known for writing the original XXX film that launched a franchise around Vin Diesel's extreme sports hero character.


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Piranha 3D - The Sequel In The Works

Piranha 3D - The Sequel In The Works

I haven't seen the film nor do I want to waste my time and movie on this film. But we should have all seen this coming. With a budget of $24 million to make, and opening to $10 million at the weekend boxoffice Dimension has announced it’s working on “Piranha 3D - The Sequel.”

The company didn’t go into details as to whether or not director Alexandre Aja would return or if any writers had been hired to pen the script, but producer Mark Canton will be back.

“We are thrilled that audiences are not just loving 'Piranha 3D,' but cheering for it,” said Canton in the announcement. “And it's fantastic that so many critics are really getting the movie and recommending it. We can't wait to get to work on the sequel.”

“Piranha 3D,” which cost around $24 million to make, is one of those rare horror movies to enjoy rave reviews. The flick scored 81% on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a pitch-perfect, guilty pleasure.”

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Stone Poster And Trailer Starring Robert De Niro And Edward Norton

Stone Poster And Trailer

Joblo got there hands on this intense looking poster for the film Stone which stars Robert De Niro and Edward Norton. Robert De Niro and Edward Norton deliver powerful performances as a seasoned corrections official and a scheming inmate whose lives become dangerously intertwined. Stone weaves together the parallel journeys of two men grappling with dark impulses, as the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin. The film also stars Milla Jovovich and Frances Conroy.”

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Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Oscar® nominee Edward Norton deliver powerful performances as a seasoned corrections official and a scheming inmate whose lives become dangerously intertwined in Stone, a thought-provoking drama directed by John Curran (“The Painted Veil,” “We Don’t Live Here Anymore”) and written by Angus McLachlan (“Junebug”). As parole officer Jack Mabry (De Niro) counts the days toward a quiet retirement, he is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for covering up the murder of his grandparents with a fire. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision have profound and unexpected effects on them both. Stone skillfully weaves together the parallel journeys of two men grappling with dark impulses, as the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin. The film’s superb ensemble features Milla Jovovich (“The Fifth Element”) as Lucetta, Stone’s sexy, casually amoral wife, and Golden Globe® winner Frances Conroy (“Six Feet Under”) as Madylyn, Jack’s devout, long-suffering spouse. Set against the quiet desperation of an economically ravaged community and the stifling brutality of a maximum security prison, this tale of passion, betrayal and corruption examines the fractured lives of two volatile men breaking from their troubled pasts to face uncertain futures.

Stone opens limited October 8th, 2010

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Brett Ratner To Direct Ben Stiller In "Tower Heist"

Brett Ratner To Direct Ben Stiller In "Tower Heist"

A $50 million van Gogh masterpiece was swiped Saturday from a Cairo museum by thieves who took advantage of lax security, simply walked in and liberated a painting from its frame with a box cutter. In Hollywood, the planning and execution of a good heist is never that simple.

After almost four years, Universal Pictures is aiming Tower Heist for a November production start in New York. Brett Ratner will direct. Ben Stiller stars as the overworked manager of a luxury building who, along with other staff, lost their pensions to a Bernie Madoff-like Wall Street crook. It so happens that the fraudster is being held under house arrest in the luxury penthouse apartment upstairs, and the manager and four cohorts figure a heist will make them whole.

The film’s produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, and Kim Roth is executive producer. This heist has among its architects some of the town's top screenwriters: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage, Russell Gewirtz, Rawson Thurber, Ted Griffin, Leslie Dixon, Noah Baumbach and Jeff Nathanson.

The project originally got set up under the title Trump Heist, when the intention was for an African American ensemble to target The Donald. Trump got evicted, as did the African American cast idea.

“It has become the quintessential New York heist movie, where a bunch of blue collar employees in a tower building pull off the ultimate heist,” Ratner told me. The move away from Trump really began with Ted Griffin, who, Ratner reminds, originally wrote Ocean’s Eleven for him to direct. “I didn’t get to do that movie, I did Rush Hour instead, but I went back to Ted to do a rewrite, and he wanted to start over. His pitch was so good that I took it to Brian, who said, 'let’s get it right.' I brought the script to Ben on the Little Fockers set, and said this is perfect for you. He was looking at other projects like Mr. Popper's Penguins (which went to Jim Carrey), I asked Noah Baumbach to do some specific character work for Ben. Then my Rush Hour guy Jeff Nathanson brought it home. The major difference from the Ocean’s film is those guys were expert thieves. These are real guys whose talent is they know the inner workings of the building and the people in it. It took a long time for this to come together, but it was totally worth the wait. This has a lot of heart to go along with the humor.”

Ratner, who made Family Man and Red Dragon for Universal, hasn’t directed a feature since 2007’s Rush Hour 3. He was particularly glad to make one with Grazer, whom he first met while he was a film student. “When I graduated, Brian said, I want you to be my assistant, I’m going to teach you everything about the movie business and you’ll someday be the biggest producer in Hollywood, and I’ll pay you $21,000 a year,” Ratner recalled. “I said, no disrespect, but I’m a film director. He said, I’m going to offer you $23,000 and I said, I want to be a director like your partner, Ron Howard. I think he got to $27,000 before he finally said, 'Ok, good luck in the future.'” Ratner said he hopes to follow Tower Heist with Playboy, the Imagine/Universal film about Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner.


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Maggie Q One Sexy Assassin

Maggie Q One Sexy Assassin

Have you wanted to know who Maggie Q was after seeing those hot promos for her upcoming show on the CW called "Nikita?" Sure you know the face (In 2006, she starred alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III. She played Zhen, the only female member of the IMF team. In 2007, she appeared in the Bruce Willis movie Live Free or Die Hard, the fourth film in the Die Hard series, and in Balls of Fury) but this will be her first leading role.

Nikita, the third reinterpretation of Luc Besson’s 1990 film La Femme Nikita, about a young junkie and convicted murderer trained to be a killer by a nefarious organization. The CW’s version picks up three years after Nikita, played by Q, has gone rogue. She’s determined to bring down Divison, the agency that conscripted her, and to that end she must infiltrate this nightclub, decked out in theoretically unsuitable assassin-chic gear: black mesh, leather, bra, and not much else.
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The show’s executive producer, Craig Silverstein, says they cast her because—unlike the other equally beautiful and talented actresses they auditioned—when you put a gun in Q’s hand, “it didn’t all fall apart.” It’s a risk, anchoring a TV show with a relative unknown—you’d get more Americans acknowledging Q as the hot Asian chick in Mission: Impossible III than by name—except that unknown is relative to where you are standing. In Asia, Maggie Q inspires Justin Bieber–like frenzy, give or take a couple million more fans and even crazier paparazzi. When I get into a Toronto cab with a driver who happens to be from Hong Kong, I ask if he’s ever heard of Maggie Q. “Oh, yes!” he says. “She is very famous in Hong Kong!” I tell him she’s living in Toronto. “Wow!” And that I met her. “Really? Wow! Is she tall? I think she’s maybe five seven.” Almost. “She’s getting up there, isn’t she?” I guess, I say, if he considers 31 old. “Thirty-one?! No! Wow! I thought for sure she is 40. She’s been around a long, long time.”




Margaret Denise Quigley was born and raised in Hawaii by a Polish-Irish father and a Vietnamese mother who met during the Vietnam War. She started modeling in Tokyo at age 17, eventually ending up in Taipei. Bad move: Q, whose mixed-race looks read “Asian” in America and “weird” in Asia, was summarily rejected. “At the time, they wanted blonde hair and blue eyes. Or Asian celebrities,” she says. After her daily round of rejections, she’d go to Taipei’s night market to buy “my dollar box of food, then go back to my danky hotel that was literally a love motel—I paid by the night—and cry and eat my dinner.” A woman suggested she try Hong Kong. “They’ll probably get you there,” she told Q, and they certainly did. Or, rather, Jackie Chan did. He recruited her as one of the next generation of Hong Kong action stars: In all, she did eleven films. “I had never done a day of martial arts in my life when I started in the business,” she says. “I couldn’t even touch my toes.”




Q finally left Hong Kong because she was feeling like a hunted animal, “like I was suffocating.” Turns out celebrity weeklies in Asia far outnumber those here. That, coupled with fewer celebrities, means “you’re incredibly recognizable wherever you go,” she says. “I could never have a boyfriend. I couldn’t grocery shop for myself. I got very depressed by it.” So Toronto is a relative haven. Q does her own laundry, goes to the farmers’ market, and drives herself to work—which is why the first time I see her, she’s running, flustered and sweaty, her Chihuahua, Pedro, peering out of her bag. The car’s GPS directed her not to the downtown location but to a suburb off a freeway twelve miles away. She’s hustled into the makeup trailer, where the mirrors are lined with pictures of her dogs (she has three, all rescues). There are no fight scenes tonight, but Q’s covered in bruises from a scene earlier in the week with co-star Shane West (ER).

Jackie Chan’s intensive training stressed professionalism and a certain code: Q always does her own stunts. “I owe it to my audience. And I’m not 70, so I might as well while I can.” Her moves might be faked, but that doesn’t mean she can’t take care of herself. She gave a six-foot-four dude a black eye while shooting the Nikita pilot. And Bruce Willis made the mistake of underestimating her strength during a Live Free or Die Hard fight scene. He told her to try her best move, and she put him in an armbar, which hyperextends the elbow. “He kept hitting my leg. I said, ‘What are you doing?’ And he goes, ‘Tap out! Tap out!’ ”

The show premieres on September 9, 2010

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Jessica Alba To Star In Spy Kids 4

Jessica Alba To Star In Spy Kids 4

I am sure your thinking what I am thinking another Spy Kids movie? Looks like Dimension Films is moving forward with a fourth installment of the Spy Kids franchise and Jessica Alba is in negotiations to star in Robert Rodriguez’s “Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.”

The Dimension movie is a reboot of sorts for the moneymaking franchise, which initially starred Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as the kids of superspy parents (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino). Rodriguez wrote and directed each installment.

Vega and Sabara are no longer kids -- Vega is nearly 23 and recently engaged -- but Rodriguez wanted to continue the series.
The new movie centers on Alba as a retired spy who has been reactivated. The actress, mother of a toddler in real life, will be playing the mother of a baby and two preteen stepchildren.

The actors cast in the preteen roles will be the new Spy Kids.

Other roles seeking to be filled include Alba’s husband, a slightly nerdy investigative reporter (might I suggest Borys Kit?), and the villain, known as the Time Keeper, whose goal it is to stop time.

It is expected that Banderas, Vega and Sabara will return in supporting roles.

Like most of Rodriguez’s movies, “Kids” will shoot in Austin. The movie, with a budget of less than $30 million, is eyeing a start next month.

The picture, which also has been known as “Spy Kids 4: Armageddon,” will be in 3D.

The new “Kids” marks the third time Alba has worked with Rodriguez. The actress starred in 2005’s “Sin City” and appears in “Machete,” Rodriguez’s low-budget grindhouse flick that opens Sept. 3.


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Black Widow Not Only Other Female Lead In Upcoming Avengers Film

Black Widow Not Only Other Female Lead In Upcoming Avengers Film

Joss Whedon, director of Marvel's most anticipated film The Avengers, shares a few of his plans for the superhero-ensemble flick with The Sunday Herald-Sun. Not only discussing if there were any specific story arcs from the comics used for the film, but Whedon also sheds light on Black Widow, who Scarlett Johansson introduced in Iron Man 2, and whether or not she'll be the only female assembling next summer.

"It is true that the movie is only going to have one female avenger", But she will not be the only female character". With speculation swirling around that Marvel Studios may be considering British actress Alice Eve for a minor villain role, affirms that Johansson's Black Widow won't be the only female in the film.

To watch the cast announcement from Comic-Con Click Here

On the film's storyline, Whedon says, "It will be a new story that has many things from different arcs of the comics in it. There is no one Avengers story that you can just do the way that you can do the origin of Spider-Man. You really have to cull from the original and The Ultimates, which is one of The Avengers titles."

So there you have it, The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk), and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) assembling in theaters May 4, 2012.


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Monday, August 23, 2010

X-Men: First Class Film To Be Set In The 60's

X-Men: First Class Film To Be Set In The 60's

While we’ve had a virtual avalanche of casting info for Matthew Vaughn’s latest outing, the prequel story X-Men: First Class, one element has always been noticeably absent: solid details on the film’s true setting and plot. But now producer Bryan Singer has called up Ain’t It Cool News to deliver some fresh intelligence.

From this point on, we’d warn anyone reading that there may be mild spoilers ahead.

According to Singer, this version of First Class will not be a direct adaptation of the comic book that bears the name. Instead, this will aim to foster the origin of Singer’s own first two X-Men films (and, to a lesser extent, Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand). The story will be set in the 1960s, at a time when civil rights were a big issue and revolution was in the air.

We’ll meet Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) as a student at Oxford, and this younger take on the character will be neither bald nor in his customary wheelchair, though we will likely see how he comes to be in the chair. When Xavier meets Erik Lensherr, (Michael Fassbender), the first inklings of the X-Men will be seen.

The setting will allow for a much more retro look, with Connery-era James Bond a big influence (X-Men meets Mad Men, anyone?) and mutant hero outfits much more out of the comic books than the movies’ leather-styled versions.

Oh, and X-history buffs will be glad that Singer confirmed that January Jones’ Emma Frost and Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw means we’ll get to meet the Hellfire Club. Yup, it’s apparently Silver Age Marvel all the way.

Can it work on screen when everyone is so used to the Singer-styled movies? He seems to think it can, and we’ll start getting a look at the world soon enough…
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Hayden Christensen Talks Jumper Sequel

Jumper 2 To Be A Darker Film

Are you ready for a "Jumper" sequel?  I thought that the first film did not live up to they hype I was expecting a lot more with Doug Liman directing the film. But it was well worth a rent for sure. Now it looks like there is talk about a sequel getting made.

"We're talking about it right now actually," he said. Where could the story go? "Hopefully somewhere a little darker. I think there's a lot you can do with it. It was sort of set up in a way it's gonna be mother hunting son and possibly even maybe sister hunting brother. We're talking about it, trying to figure it out."

 Early 2008 sci-fi release directed by Doug Liman? Hayden Christensen stars as a young man who, thanks to a genetic hiccup, is gifted with the ability to teleport himself anywhere in an instant. Hunting Christensen is Samuel L. Jackson, who believes that only the Lord Almighty should be able to be everywhere at once. The movie wasn't adored by critics but it did well enough in theaters to just about break even. You know what that means, right? Sequel. It's something that's being actively discussed.

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Taylor Schilling Joins Zac Efron In "The Lucky One"

Taylor Schilling Joins Zac Efron In "The Lucky One"

Taylor Schilling has nabbed the female lead opposite Zac Efron in "The Lucky One," Warner Bros.' adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.

The book tells of a Marine (Efron) who's survived three tours of duty in Iraq and attributes his good luck to a photograph he carried of a woman (Schilling) he doesn't even know. When he returns to the States, he sets out to find her.

The role was highly sought after among young Hollywood, with the studio conducting screen tests over the past two weeks. Among the actresses for the running were Abbie Cornish and Katie Cassidy.

Scott Hicks, the Australian helmer who directed the Geoffrey Rush movie "Shine" as well as the Stephen King adaptation "Hearts in Atlantis," is directing "Lucky," which goes before cameras in the fall.

Denise Di Novi is producing, as is Langley Park's Kevin McCormick. Di Novi's Alison Greenspan is exec producing.

Schilling, repped by Gersh, was one of the stars of NBC's recently canceled medical drama "Mercy." She recently completed shooting "Atlas Shrugged."


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Loud & Incredibly Close Sandra Bullock & Tom Hanks

Loud & Incredibly Close To Star Sandra Bullock & Tom Hanks

Paramount and Warner Bros. are set to partner on Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2005 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: A Novel, with Stephen Daldry to direct two Oscar-winners, Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks.

The deals are not yet closed. Warners grabbed rights to the book, then brought in Rudin and Paramount. It has not yet been determined which studio will take domestic or foreign. The two studios partnered on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Another Oscar-winner, screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) adapted the book, which like Foer’s 2002 debut bestseller, Everything is Illuminated (which was made into an indie film by actor/director Liev Schreiber in 2005), involves multiple narrators and time frames. Bullock and Hanks will take on the parents of a brainy nine-year-old vegan/scientist/artist/pacifist who plays a tambourine (recalling the drummer-hero of Gunther Grass’s The Tin Drum). He searches for a lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died the year before in the North Tower on September 11, 2001. His father’s parents also recount how they met and married and lived through World War II. The filmmakers are just starting the search for their young lead as they prep a mid-to-late January start in New York City.


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David Slade To Direct Wolverine 2

"Eclipse" Director David Slade To Direct Wolverine 2

That it's come down to two directors vying to call the shots on Fox's sequel to Wolverine: Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade, and Robert Schwentke (Flightplan, The Time Traveler's Wife). Both men have been approved by the studio's brass, and though Jackman will ultimately be the one to make the call after meeting with each next week, a well-placed source inside the production insists, "It's going to be Slade."

As for the plot, McQuarrie's last draft from January has us rejoining Logan in Japan, where we left him at the end of the first Origins movie. There, he begins a forbidden romance with a Japanese woman whose hand in marriage is, unfortunately, promised to another man. This being Hugh Jackman, of course, he doesn't take no for an answer. And, this being Japan, that doesn't go over so well. Soon enough, Logan must do battle with her furious father and samurai-sword-wielding brothers. Wolverine claws versus samurai swords? Truly, a geeky Sophie's Choice.

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