If you need further evidence that Marvel is winning the battle against DC on the comic-book movie front, consider the latest Internet chatter about the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Latino Review, which knows how to work that fan boy beat, reports that Marvel has inquired about the availability of both Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler for the movie, which is slated to hit theaters on Aug. 1, 2014. more »
Introducing the possibility that the upcoming Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will feature an extremely hip soundtrack packed full of adorkable DIY indie rock classics, Dimension Films announced today that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been signed on to play a major role in the sequel to the 2005 film adaptation of Sin City. Levitt will play a new character called 'Johnny,' whose relation to the events of the story has not yet been revealed, but who will no doubt be both sensitive and hardcore.
If you haven't been following Vin Diesel's Facebook page, you are missing out on the dorkiest and most touching thing in all the universe. Vin and his 36,982,149 devoted fans live in perfect, sentimentally cheeseball symbiosis, and those fans are a huge part of why he continues to be able to make movies. Chief among them is the incredibly successful Fast & Furious series, which has earned more than $1.5 billion for Universal Pictures. No doubt Universal is counting on that for the upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic 1970s cop show Kojak, because they've done the obvious and genius thing: They're making Vin Diesel the new Telly Savalas.
Many have tried and failed to reboot Wonder Woman for contemporary audiences (some rather famously - looking at you, David E. Kelley). If The CW succeeds with "Amazon," their origin series will envision the Amazonian warrior princess as a tough twentysomething fish-out-of-water named... Iris.
Prepare for a double dose of mutant powers: The X-Men of the past and future will collide in Bryan Singer's forthcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will bring Patrick Stewart's Professor X and Ian McKellen's Magneto together with their X-Men: First Class counterparts James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in the same film, Singer announced today.
Cue up the "Axel F": Tropic Thunder actor Brandon T. Jackson has landed the lead in CBS's Beverly Hills Cop reboot, which producers plan to bring back as a series for TV under the guidance of original star Eddie Murphy and The Shield's Shawn Ryan.
Mark Wahlberg: The new Shia LaBeouf? Michael Bay and Paramount announced Thursday that Wahlberg, who stars in Bay's real life crime pic Pain & Gain, will lead the franchise sequel Transformers 4. "An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy," said Bay in a statement.
No matter how hard they try, it’s highly unlikely any actress/singer/starlet will ever come close to portraying famed Depression-era outlaw Bonnie Parker like Faye Dunaway did in Arthur Penn’s game-changing Bonnie and Clyde. But no matter! That won’t stop Miley Cyrus from being the latest to give the fantastically stylish bank robber a try, as she’s slated to do in the four-hour History Channel/Lifetime miniseries Bonnie & Clyde.
The Hunger Games' Wes Bentley & Brit Marling Join Cast Of Sci-Fi-Sounding Lincoln Tale, The Green Blade Rises
First, Abe Lincoln was a vampire hunter. Now he sounds like he might have been a very early member of the Green Lantern Corps. The 16th president's tough formative years will be explored in The Green Blade Also Rises, which will mark the directorial debut of Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) protege A.J. Edwards who also wrote the screenplay. Malick will produce the film, which despite its sci-fi-sounding title, will depict the hardships that molded young Abe into the man who became one of America's most influential presidents.
Lincoln has yet to be cast, but the filmmakers announced on Friday that Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) will play the president's first teacher, and Brit Marling (Another Earth) will play Nancy, Lincoln's biological mother. Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) and Jason Clarke (Public Enemies) are also on board as Lincoln's step-mother and father. Edwards got his start as an editorial intern on Malick's The New World and served as the editor on his most recent film To The Wonder.
Producer Avi Lerner dropped a handful of big names when asked which action heavyweights are being courted for the inevitable Expendables 3; I'm willing to bet at least one of them (*cough* Snipes *cough*) takes him up on the offer. "We've approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we've got a character in mind for him," Lerner told Total Film. "We're talking to Harrison Ford. [And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison. I'll give you one more name, we've got Nicolas Cage to play [one of the characters]... And we're going to bring Mickey Rourke back, if he won’t be too crazy." Which begs the question: When has Mickey Rourke not been "too crazy?" Is he still Mickey Rourke if he isn't acting just a little insane? [Total Film]
Deadline reports that Al Pacino has been tapped to play famed Penn State fixture Joe Paterno, the legendary football coach who enjoyed the winningest reign in history before the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal marred his legacy. A little side-by-side photo comparison shows that Pacino bears a resemblance to the late coach, if you squint a bit; after a spotty run in film and TV of late (veering from the TV movie You Don't Know Jack, which earned him an Emmy and Golden Globe, to the Adam Sandler comedy Jack & Jill — let's not even talk about Dunkaccino), JoePa's rise and fall might offer some meaty material for the Oscar-winner.
Yes, yes, I know Mr. Eko has a real name. But who doesn't like imagining Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's LOST alter ego duking it out with Dr. Who (okay, Chris Eccleston) and Thor (FINE,
the Huntsman the jock the Wolverine Chris Hemsworth) in an epic Thor 2 Norse space brawl?
Nepotism strikes again (but that's okay): Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's 4-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt has scored her first movie role. The tot will play a young version of Princess Aurora, later played as a teenager by 14-year-old Elle Fanning, in Disney's live-action Maleficent, which stars Jolie as the famous evil witch of Sleeping Beauty lore and is in production gearing towards a 2014 release. According to The Sun, it was mama Jolie's idea: "Ange thought it would be a fun experience for her and Viv to share, and Viv is a natural." [The Sun via The Insider]
My dreams are dashed. After enjoying the big-screen treatment of 21 Jump Street — replete with cameos by original cast members Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise and Holly Robinson Peete — I held out hope that Fox would make a smart alecky theatrical adaptation of Beverly Hills 90210. But the Hollywood-goes-to-high-school-series just opted for smaller rather than bigger. more »
Finally, some news about Kristen Stewart that doesn't involve her love life. Vulture reports that the actress has landed the lead role of Peyton Loftis in Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper's adaptation of William Styron's 1951 novel, Lie Down in Darkness. The project — and the role — sure sound like the level of work that will propel Stewart toward that Oscar that I'm counting on her to win. The film is set in 1950s Virginia, and according to the site, Stewart's character's "intense physical beauty makes her the object of her frigid mother's jealous hatred and the target of her father's incestuous, alcoholic lust." Yikes! [Vulture]